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Self-advocates have the last say on friendship
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 18:15 authored by McVilly, KR, Stancliffe, RJ, Parmenter, TR, Burton-Smith, R
This study reports the friendship experiences and aspirations of adults with intellectual disabilities. The findings of a larger study were reviewed by an expert group of self-advocates with intellectual disability. The expert group confirmed some of the interpretation of the original data and expanded on issues. Friendship is established as an issue of concern among adults with intellectual disability. Consequently, policy-makers and service providers need to be intentional about providing support for friendships. Participants asserted a positive self-identity of being a person with intellectual disability and how this could be a basis for friendship. Also, people with intellectual disability demonstrated how they should be considered experts in their own life experience and how they can be effectively included in the formulation, implementation, analysis and review of research. Â© 2006 Taylor & Francis.
Publication titleDisability & Society
Department/SchoolSchool of Psychological Sciences
Place of publicationUK