Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours


School of Exercise and Health Sciences


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

First Advisor

Dr Janet Richmond

Second Advisor

Professor Ruth Marquis


Introduction: Social inclusion for people with disabilities, facilitated by support workers is person focused. The programs success in facilitating social inclusion requires evaluation.

Methods: Electronic database and manual searches were conducted; identifying methods utilised by staff to support social inclusion for adults with intellectual disabilities. Alternative to Employment Programs and Supported Accommodation Settings were included. Methodological quality was assessed by three reviewers.

Results: Eight articles were reviewed, comprising of 588 participants in total. The perceptions and experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities on social inclusion, and support workers effectiveness and training to support social inclusion were analysed and discussed. Four publications were assessed as robust, two as good, and two as satisfactory.

Conclusions: Methods to support social inclusion for adults with intellectual disability were described, compared, and contrasted. Although effective, variables exist, impacting on the programs success. Staff training and improved communication facilitates effective practices.


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