Barriers and facilitators to societal participation of people with disabilities: A scoping review of studies concerning European countries

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Elisabeth Hästbacka, Mikael Nygård, Fredrica Nyqvist
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Alter: European Journal of Disability Research / Alter: Journal Européen de Recherche sur le Handicap
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 3
Start page: 201
End page: 220


Abstract

The aim of this scoping review is to explore previous scientific studies relating to the scholarly understanding of societal participation of people with disabilities. Six relevant databases within social science were searched using societal participation of people with disabilities, or different combinations thereof, as search words. The criteria for inclusion were: working-age people with disabilities; societal participation; accounting for facilitators or/and barriers of participation; geographical focus on or link to Europe, peer-reviewed studies using quantitative or qualitative methods published in English between January 2012 and December 2013.Thirty-two studies met these inclusion criteria. Each study was analysed relating to four measures: identity of the participator group, type of participation; type of facilitators; type of barriers. The findings show that there is a dominating focus on labour market participation and that societal participation was studied mostly concerning disabled people in general instead of any specific group. The main barriers identified were related to financial factors, attitudes, health issues and unemployment. The most frequently identified facilitators were related to legislation and disability policies, as well as to support from people in close contact with disabled people, attitudes in society and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


Keywords

Barrier properties, Disabled people, Facilitator, Scoping review, Societal participation


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