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A case study of an intentional friendship between a volunteer and adult with severe intellectual disability : “My life is a lot richer!”

By: Bigby, Christine.
Contributor(s): Craig, Diane.
Series: Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability 42 (2) June 2017: 180-189.Publisher: 2017Subject(s): AUSTRALIA | QUALITY OF LIFE | SEVERE PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES | CASE STUDIES | FRIENDSHIPSOnline resources: Click to read article online IHC Library Members Summary: A case study approach was used to explore the qualities and development of a long-term friendship between 2 women, 1 of whom has severe intellectual disability. The relationship progressed through 3 stages of introduction, consolidation, and autonomy supported by the working practices and culture of the disability support organisation. Individualised activity, the role of a connector, and a culture of positive expectations underpinned the growth of the friendship. Observes that these friendships do not happen by chance but require thought, attention, dedicated resources, and commitment to long-term outcomes to be achieved.
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A case study approach was used to explore the qualities and development of a long-term friendship between 2 women, 1 of whom has severe intellectual disability. The relationship progressed through 3 stages of introduction, consolidation, and autonomy supported by the working practices and culture of the disability support organisation. Individualised activity, the role of a connector, and a culture of positive expectations underpinned the growth of the friendship. Observes that these friendships do not happen by chance but require thought, attention, dedicated resources, and commitment to long-term outcomes to be achieved.

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