‘If I were given the chance’: understanding the use of leisure time by adults with learning disabilities

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-563
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number4
Early online date27 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2019
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Despite UK government policy emphasising the rights and choices of people with learning disabilities, opportunities to choose fulfilling leisure activities remain severely constrained. Following a brief literature review we present a co-inquiry study developing a deeper understanding of the persistent space between actual and desired use of leisure time. We explore the potential of the capability approach to aid understanding of learning disabled people’s constrained choices of leisure activities, and constrained roles as researchers, as matters of human rights and social justice.

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