Precursors and Pillars: What Precedes and Supports Social Belonging of Disabled Persons in Newfoundland & Labrador?

Lay Summary 

This project is focused on obtaining a broad, baseline understanding of what social belonging looks like, sounds like, and/or feels like for adults with disabilites / disabled adults in Newfoundland & Labrador. From the baseline understanding, practical recommendations can be made to sustain positive social belonging and to ameliorate a lack of social belonging—as well as to measure future change. Research Question: What social belonging looks like, sounds like, and/or feels like for disabled adults in Newfoundland & Labrador? Objectives: Approximately 20 disabled persons with disabilities from all areas of the province including rural, northern, and/or isolated areas will be recruited in order to create a working model of what precursors and pillars precede and support social belonging from the lived experiences of local disabled adults. Theories will emerge as the research progresses and from the grounded theory approach employed in this study. In order to capture a complete picture of social belonging for disabled adults in this province, the research questions will examine both subjective conditions of the participants and objective conditions of the environment around them.

Faculty of Education
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Disability Services
People with Disabilities
Start date 
1 Mar 2018
End date 
31 May 2018
Partner Organization 
Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador