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Adults with intellectual disability and their spirituality: Voices to be heard by faith communities and the disability services sector in Victoria, Australia

Calder, Andrew Stuart (2019) Adults with intellectual disability and their spirituality: Voices to be heard by faith communities and the disability services sector in Victoria, Australia. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This social action research, the first of its kind in Australia, sought the opinions and experiences of adults with intellectual disability. What do they say is important? Using interpretive hermeneutical phenomenology (IHP) and participatory action research (PAR), the researcher collaborated with the self-advocacy group Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALiD Inc.). VALiD recruited 14 people for interviews, and as an additional layer of research, an expert group reflected on and reacted to the findings. Analysis of the interviews revealed two superordinate themes that expressed the spirituality of respondents: (i) further friendship connections with others, and (ii) further friendship connections with God. In response both VALiD and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria Inc. developed policy Statements highlighting the importance of spirituality for people with disabilities. Two actions are recommended: A response of friendship by faith communities; and Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to recognise people’s spirituality.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: practical theology, social action, intellectual disability, adults, self-advocacy, friendship, exile, spirituality, faith communities, policy
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220106 Medical Ethics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 05:14
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 05:17
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3860

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