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dc.contributor.authorRuef, Michael B.
dc.contributor.authorTurnbull, Ann P.
dc.identifier.citationRuef, M.B., & Turnbull, A.P. (2002). The perspectives of individuals with cognitive disabilities and/or autism on their lives and their problem behavior. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 27(2), 125-140.
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of the study was 2-fold: (a) to explore the perceptions of individuals with cognitive disabilities and/ or autism regarding barriers and solutions they have experienced related to problem behavior, and (b) to elicit suggestions on areas viewed as most helpful in increasing quality of life while reducing or eliminating problem behavior. A qualitative method of inquiry using focus groups and individual interviews was used. Several themes emerged from the focus groups, including the difficulties participants experienced with communication; participants’ need for personal decision making and privacy; and the importance of recreation, employment, selection of living situations, and relationships with friends and family members. The article indicates the importance of listening carefully to individuals with disabilities as a first step in improving the quality of their lives.
dc.publisherResearch and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
dc.titleThe Perspectives of Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities and/or Autism on Their Lives and Their Problem Behavior.
kusw.kuauthorTurnbull, Ann P.
kusw.kudepartmentBeach Center on Disability
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, publisher version
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