Focus On...Social inclusion and ageing with an intellectual disability

  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

23rd March 2015, CARDI

Conor Breen, CARDI Policy Officer

More adults with an intellectual disability (ID) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) are living to older ages. Social inclusion is vital for the health, wellbeing and quality of life of this group of adults as they age, and they often age without the family and social supports that other adults have.

A first step toward social inclusion is in better understanding what social inclusion means for older adults with ID and what these adults need from service providers and communities to achieve full participation. Martin & Cobigo (2011) propose that social inclusion should be understood in relation to five domains – relationships, leisure, productive activities, accommodations and informal supports.

This edition of the CARDI “Focus on” series examines social inclusion and ageing with an intellectual disability while assessing the current evidence on social inclusion in each of these five domains. Read the article here.

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