the start of the case-study systematic searches in databases were carried out to
identify research and updated knowledge about participation practises and
specific models for participation for person with profound intellectual
disability within health- and welfare services. The systematic searches
revealed some knowledge about conditions for participation for this group
(Talman 2016), as well as some methods for participation and communication like
for instance OIVA (Koski, Martikainen, Burakoff, Launonen 2010), Active support (Bradshaw, McGill, Stretton,
Kelly-Pike, More, Mackdonald, Eastop, Marks 2004), Intensive interaction
(Weedle 2016) and MOVE for adults (Whinnery & Whinnery, 2012). One of the models, Cirle of security (Watson
et al 2011) was found to address several aspects of participation, with
integrated elements both on individual and systemic factors. None of the identified studies were adapting
practice research design to generate knowledge.
4 young adults with profound intellectual disability in two different municipalities are included in this case. They all live in their own flat in residential housings receiving support from the municipality. Both their family and staff are involved in the case-study. Observations, inspired by sensory ethnography (Pink 2016) was carried out in the everyday life, in order to get close to the perspectives of the young adults. In addition interviews with family and staff was conducted to get information about existing participation practises but also on what seems to hamper or enhance participation in everyday life. Several dialogue meetings and a day of sharing knowledge from research together with family and staff have also been carried out in order to assess existing participation practises and explore new models together.
Based on the data several relational, systemic and organisational conditions for participation are identified. The importance of trusting and sensitive relationship and the impact the institutional settings may have on the possibility to form these relations being of the most important findings.
One publication from this case is in process:
Gjermestad & Skarsaune (2020/21): Citizenship through supported decision-making together with persons with profound intellectual disabilities – resources and challenges in professional practices. Chapter in Fjetland, Gjermestad & Lid eds (2020/21) Citizenship in theory and practise. Universitetsforlaget.