City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Understanding 'Encounter' as a Dimension of Social Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disability

Despite the centrality of social inclusion to social policy, its interpretation and attainment remain elusive for people with intellectual disability. Drawing ideas from disability and urban planning, and using the concept of ‘encounters’, this research explored the influence of the social and built environment on opportunities for people with intellectual disability to be socially included. It explored the types of ‘encounters’ experienced by people with intellectual disability to identify factors that support or inhibit encounters. By integrating conceptual and methodological approaches from the fields of urban geography/planning and disability studies, the research provided an innovative approach to the study of social inclusion. It used observational methods, locality surveys and interviews to explore and identify the range of convivial “encounters” experienced by people with intellectual disability from their own perspective and that of the general public.

People

Prof Christine Bigby, La Trobe University
Chief Investigator
Prof Jim Mansell, University of Kent
Chief Investigator
Dr Julie Deadle-Brown, University of Kent
Chief Investigator
Ilan Wiesel  (Vizel)
Dr Ilan Vizel
Chief Investigator

Funded by

ARC-RP

Collaborating partners

Jewish Care (Victoria) Inc
La Trobe University
University of Kent
Yooralla

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