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An effective program design to support older workers with intellectual disability to participate individually in community groups

Bigby,C, Wilson,NJ, Stancliffe,RJ, Balandin,S, Craig,D and Gambin,N 2014, An effective program design to support older workers with intellectual disability to participate individually in community groups, Journal of policy and practice in intellectual disabilities, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 117-127, doi: 10.1111/jppi.12080.

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Title An effective program design to support older workers with intellectual disability to participate individually in community groups
Author(s) Bigby,C
Balandin,SORCID iD for Balandin,S
Journal name Journal of policy and practice in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 117
End page 127
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ
Publication date 2014-06
ISSN 1741-1122
Keyword(s) Active support
Intellectual disability
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Policy & Services
Health Care Sciences & Services
Summary The foreshadowed increase of older people with intellectual disability has become a reality in many developed countries. As these adults age, improved quality of life can be achieved through applications of conjoint policy aims of inclusion and participation. A transition-to-retirement (TTR) program developed for employees of a large multisite disability employment service in Sydney, Australia, used these aims to effect successful partial retirement. The authors describe the program logic of the TTR, detailing its conceptual components as the first step to enabling it to be tested and replicated in other settings. The TTR program has three components: promoting the concept of retirement, laying the groundwork for inclusion of would-be retirees with intellectual disability in the community, and constructing the reality. The third component comprised five stages: planning, locating a group, mapping new routine, recruiting and training mentors, and monitoring and ongoing support. The project's participants were 24 older employees, who replaced 1 day a week of work with membership of a community group and were supported by mentors who facilitated involvement of the participants in their group. Data collected provided information on the implementation of the program, the time and costs expended, and challenges encountered. Key to the model was a coordinator, skilled in generic case management and specific disability interventions (such as active support), who collaborated with others to manage the program. The authors note that by detailing the program logic underpinning the TTR program, they have exposed the hidden work of supporting meaningful inclusion of people with intellectual disability in community groups and added to the limited stock of evidence-informed programs in this area. © 2014 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jppi.12080
Field of Research 111703 Care for Disabled
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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