Exploring the Use of Natural Community Supports in Promoting Independent Living among Adults with Disabilities in Ireland
In 2011 the National Disability Authority (NDA) commissioned a nationwide survey of service providers that 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.
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.
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.