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‘I shouldn’t be living there because I am a sponger’: negotiating everyday geographies by people with learning disabilities

‘I shouldn’t be living there because I am a sponger’: negotiating everyday geographies by people with learning disabilities
‘I shouldn’t be living there because I am a sponger’: negotiating everyday geographies by people with learning disabilities
Learning disability policy has for some time been framed by the goal of inclusion which purports to enable people with learning disabilities to lead a ‘life like any other’ person. This paper examines the extent to which this is the case in England, by tracing the lived experiences of people with learning disabilities within their communities. It draws on two interlinked qualitative studies involving interviews that examined their local place-based experiences of inclusion and exclusion. The findings reveal ‘moments of inclusion’ and opportunities for social encounter from peer support, but these were situated amidst wider experiences of exclusion and harassment.
Learning (Intellectual) Disabilities , Community Care, Inclusion, Exclusion, Independent Living, Social Interaction
0968-7599
Power, Andrew
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Bartlett, Ruth
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Power, Andrew
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Bartlett, Ruth
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Power, Andrew and Bartlett, Ruth (2018) ‘I shouldn’t be living there because I am a sponger’: negotiating everyday geographies by people with learning disabilities. Disability & Society. (doi:10.1080/09687599.2018.1436039).

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Learning disability policy has for some time been framed by the goal of inclusion which purports to enable people with learning disabilities to lead a ‘life like any other’ person. This paper examines the extent to which this is the case in England, by tracing the lived experiences of people with learning disabilities within their communities. It draws on two interlinked qualitative studies involving interviews that examined their local place-based experiences of inclusion and exclusion. The findings reveal ‘moments of inclusion’ and opportunities for social encounter from peer support, but these were situated amidst wider experiences of exclusion and harassment.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 16 February 2018
Keywords: Learning (Intellectual) Disabilities , Community Care, Inclusion, Exclusion, Independent Living, Social Interaction

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Local EPrints ID: 416747
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416747
ISSN: 0968-7599
PURE UUID: 5c111b53-be89-4c43-bf62-8921312b66ad
ORCID for Andrew Power: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3887-1050
ORCID for Ruth Bartlett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3412-2300

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Date deposited: 08 Jan 2018 17:30
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 04:36

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