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Organisational perspectives on community participation for people with intellectual disabilities
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (ORGID)
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In several life areas people with intellectual disabilities cannot participate in society on equal terms. Human service professionals often play a key role in daily face-to-face encounters with people with intellectual disabilities as they are expected to provide services of quality and put into practice the core concepts and guidelines stipulated in laws and regulations. To broaden under understanding on social interaction and professional relations in the field of intellectual disabilities, this presentation argue that organizational context is important to recognize. Not at least because organizational and institutional context uphold normative frameworks and that these frameworks holds core values such as equality, participation and inclusiveness in social, medical and educational policies. This framework also determines how the world should be perceived and provide to professional ideas about what is appropriate and desirable objectives and actions in their dealings with people with intellectual disabilities. therefore, attitudes, actions and aspirations among professionals cannot be reduced only to individual characteristics, traits and motives. This presentation take an organizational perspective and discuss both obstacles and opportunities when guided by ideas and ideologies of community participation. The presentation also discuss to what extent and with what social consequences, welfare organisations rule- and norm systems, influence the way professionals use their scope of action to meet and respond to individual needs and preferences. This is important to address, considering that professionals in these organization contexts needs to respond to an inherent conflict between conformity and individual authority; between normative assumptions of what is considered normal, appropriate, and desirable (e.g., participation, inclusion)at a given time, and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to articulate individual identities and life projects.

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2017.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141452DiVA, id: diva2:1154816
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Community Participation and People with Cognitive Disabilities: How is it understood and what does it take to support it? La Trobe University Living with Disability Research Centre's Annual Round Table event: Community Participation and People with Cognitive Disabilities
Available from: 2017-11-06 Created: 2017-11-06 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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