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This article is about interactions that occur when someone with intellectual disabilities is engaged in everyday activities with a personal assistant (PA) or a support worker.
We examine the detail of nine hours of naturally occurring video-recorded interactions, to explore how "relational autonomy" is done in practice. Nine people with ID and seven staff took part in the research, which took place in England from 2016-17.
We selected six extracts to illustrate different types of joint decision-making. Informed by inclusive research with a drama group of people with intellectual disabilities, we focus on the ways in which (a) future plans are discussed; (b) choices are offered during an activity; (c) people reflect on their decisions.
The article concludes with discussion about the teaching and learning content of choice-making, on relational autonomy, and the practice learning for PAs, support workers and for people with intellectual disabilities.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities|
|Early online date||12 Apr 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2019|
Bibliographical noteDr Sandra Dowling led the analysis in this paper with the Misfits Theatre Company, a group of actors with intellectual disabilities. She has a particular interest in creative methodologies and in how personal assistance works for people with intellectual disabilities.
Val Williams is an emeritus professor, and led a large project called 'Getting Things Changed' at Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies. She has a research background in co-production and in the fine-grained analysis of interactions.
- SPS Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies
- conversation analysis
- decision making
- mental capacity
- relational autonomy
- support practices
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Abbott, D. W. F., Dowling, S. F., Farmer, E., Gall, M. R. Y., Heslop, P., Mason, V. A., Merchant, W. E., Porter, S. M., Read, S. A., Reynolds, N., Steel, M., Sturdy, A. J., Tarleton, B., Turney, D., Webb, J. C., Sass, B., Turner, S., Hatton, C., Antaki, C., Kitzinger, C., Blue, S. & Hicks, L. J.
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