The life opportunities of disabled people: qualitative research with people with learning, memory and neuro-diversity impairments

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Great Britain. Office for Disability Issues; Ipsos MORI (Firm)
Office for Disability Issues
Date of publication
1 December 2010
Disabled people, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report presents an overview of the barriers to and enablers of participation in different life areas experienced by people who could not take part in a life opportunities survey interview. The intention of this qualitative research was to make the life opportunities survey project as inclusive and accessible as possible to ensure the experiences of people with different impairments would not be excluded from the overall results. The research was conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Office for National Statistics and the Office for Disability Issues. The research covered the following five life opportunities survey topics: post-19 education and training; employment; transport; leisure, social and cultural activities; and personal relationships and social contacts. The project emulated the life opportunities survey questions by seeking participants’ views on their participation in and aspirations for each of these life areas. Participants were asked about the barriers they faced to participating in these life areas, as well as the changes that, if implemented, might enable them to participate more. A number of barriers to and enablers of participation were frequently mentioned, although most participants found it easier to identify barriers. The findings included that being in contact with voluntary disability organisations widened participants’ choice of leisure, social and cultural activities and employment, and so enabled participation in these areas of life.

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