The dilemma of (not) labeling: Social inclusion of persons with mild intellectual disabilities (ID

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In this presentation we present our findings from our qualitative research project into concrete practices of neighbourhood
participation of persons with mild intellectual disabilities in Amsterdam. The aim of the project was firstly to
explore how social professionals and volunteers, working in low threshold community facilities in different
Amsterdam neighbourhoods, experience working with this target group and which dilemmas they encounter.
Secondly, we explored how persons with mild intellectual disabilities themselves experience participating in
social activities in their neighbourhoods.
In the paper, we will present a central dilemma that emerged as highly relevant from our data and illustrates
the precarities of the human relationships through which social workers and social work researchers operate.
This dilemma concerns the need for target group-specific expertise and approaches on the one hand, and
unease or even reluctance to ascribe a label to these particular residents on the other.
Period14 Apr 2023
Event titleECSWR: European Conference on Social Work Research 2023: Social work research through and towards human relationships
Event typeConference
Conference number12th
LocationMilan, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational