This book gathers together recent international research in intellectual disability (ID), examining the diverse modes of existence that characterise living with intellectual disabilities in the 21st century.
Ranging from people with no speech and little mobility who need 24-hour care, to people who marry or hold down jobs, this book moves beyond the typical person with ID imagined by public policy: healthy, with mild ID and a supportive family, and living in a welcoming community. The book is divided into three sections. The first, ‘A richer picture of people and relationships’, expands our understanding of different people and lifestyles associated with ID. The second section, ‘Where current policies fall short’, finds that Supported Living provides just as 'mediocre' a form of care as group homes, and concludes that services for people with challenging behaviour are unrelated to need. The contributors’ research identifies no effective employment support strategies, as well as technological and legal changes that prevent organisations from employing people with ID. With nearly a quarter of this population in poor health, the contributors reflect on whether ‘social model’ approaches should be allowed to trump medical considerations. The third section, ‘New thinking about well-being’, reveals that being old, poor, and living alone increases health risk, and that medication administration is significantly more complex for people with ID.
Moving beyond 20th century certainties surrounding intellectual disability, this book will be of interest to those studying contemporary issues facing those living with ID, as well as those studying public health policy more widely. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability.
Introduction: New lenses
Part I: A richer picture of people and relationships
1. Intellectual disability and attachment theory among adults: An early systematic review
2 Staff perspectives on paperwork in group homes for people with intellectual disability
Claire Quilliam, Christine Bigby and Jacinta Douglas
3. Spirituality and social networks of people with intellectual and developmental disability
Precious N. Sango and Rachel Forrester-Jones
4. Reasons for marriage of educated Bedouin women to Bedouin men with intellectual disability from the point of view of the women
5. Review of Phallacies: historical intersections of disability and masculinity
Part II: Where current policies fall short
6. Comparing costs and outcomes of supported living with group homes in Australia
Christine Bigby, Emma Bould and Julie Beadle-Brown
7. Service receipt of adults with rare genetic syndromes who engage in challenging behaviour
N. Awan, C. Oliver, L. Wilde, K. Eden and J. Waite
8. What constitutes effective support in obtaining and maintaining employment for individuals with intellectual disability? A scoping review
Cindy Cheng, Jodi Oakman, Christine Bigby, Ellie Fossey, Jillian Cavanagh, Hannah Meacham and Timothy Bartram
9. Emerging trends affecting future employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability: The case of a large retail organisation
Katherine Moore, Paula McDonald and Jennifer Bartlett
Part III: New thinking about well-being
10. Factors that affect the perceived health of adults with intellectual disability: A Western Australian study
Errol Cocks, Allyson Thomson, Stian Thoresen, Richard Parsons and Lorna Rosenwax
11. Complexity of medication regimens of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Steven R. Erickson, Drita Nicaj and Sasha Barron
12. Does intellectual disability research consider the potential impact of geographic location?
13. Dialogue between workers and family members is related to their attitudes towards self determination of individuals with intellectual disability
Vicente Martínez-Tur, Yolanda Estreder, Carolina Moliner, Esther Gracia, Luminița Pătraș and Ana Zornoza