Exploring the Use of Natural Community Supports in Promoting Independent Living among Adults with Disabilities in Ireland

Survey of service providers

In 2011 the National Disability Authority (NDA) commissioned a nationwide survey of service providers which provide supports to people with disabilities, regarding their experiences of mobilising natural supports to enhance independent living for people with disabilities in their local communities. The survey was informed by a separate literature review, also commissioned by the NDA, which identified previous international research on interventions to promote natural supports among people with disabilities (WRC, 2012).

Weafer and associates carried out the survey on behalf of the NDA and data was collected by means of a telephone and self-completion survey. The survey team reported in early 2012.

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