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Book

Innovations in employment training and work for people with learning difficulties

Editors:
McCONKEY Roy, McGINLEY Patrick
Publisher:
Lisieux Hall Publications
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
240p.,illus.
Place of publication:
Chorley, Lancs.
Book

The person with mental handicap: preparation for an adult life in the community

Editors:
McCONKEY Roy, CONLIFFE Chris
Publisher:
St. Michael's House/Institute of Counselling and Personal Development
Publication year:
1989
Pagination:
184p., tables, bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Dublin

Reports on research findings from cross-border research in 1987 and 1988 into the needs of mentally handicapped people and the services provided to them through two markedly different service delivery systems.

Journal article

Co-researching with people who have intellectual disabilities: insights from a national survey

Authors:
O'BRIEN Patricia, McCONKEY Roy, GARCIA-IRIARTE Edurne
Journal article citation:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(1), 2013, pp.65-75.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

In undertaking a national study exploring what life was like in Ireland for people with intellectual disabilities, a community of practice was developed involving a core group of co-researchers: five people with intellectual disabilities, four university researchers and three service support staff. An additional cadre of 15 co-researchers with intellectual disabilities was recruited to undertake data gathering and analysis with 23 focus groups involving 168 participants. The research experience was documented through oral feedback, progress reports, minutes and a project review. The key learning is documented arising from the setting up of an inclusive advisory group and implementation of each of six research steps. The study demonstrates feasibility and the added value of university co-researchers recruiting and developing skills together with co-researchers with intellectual disabilities. Topics for further research and development are identified. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Beyond friendship: the nature and meaning of close personal relationships as perceived by people with learning disabilities

Authors:
LAFFERTY Attracta, McCONKEY Roy, TAGGART Laurence
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 28(8), 2013, pp.1074-1088.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This study uses a combination of dyadic and one-to-one interviews with eight couples with learning disabilities in Northern Ireland to gain a better understanding of the meaning and value these relationships bring to their lives. Data collection and analysis was informed and guided by the core principles of grounded theory. Five significant types of benefits were identified from having close personal relationships, namely: comradeship, a sense of contentment, availability of mutual support, coping with the ups and downs of relationships, and a continuing commitment. Service providers could do more to facilitate the formation of close meaningful relationships, and strategies for doing this need to be identified and evaluated. (Edited publisher abstract)

Book

At home in the community?: promoting the social inclusion of people with a learning disability living in supported accommodation: easy read version

Authors:
COLLINS Suzanne, McCONKEY Roy
Publisher:
Triangle Housing Association; University of Ulster
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
Ballymoney

This report highlights the social exclusion of people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland. This  study, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, details the extent of social isolation experienced by tenants in various forms of supported accommodation provided by a range of agencies throughout Northern Ireland.   Many have no friends outside of the place where they live and much of their time is spent within the home.

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At home in the community?: promoting the social inclusion of people with a learning disability living in supported accommodation

Authors:
COLLINS Suzanne, McCONKEY Roy
Publisher:
Triangle Housing Association; University of Ulster
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
70p.
Place of publication:
Ballymoney

This report highlights the social exclusion of people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland. This  study, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, details the extent of social isolation experienced by tenants in various forms of supported accommodation provided by a range of agencies throughout Northern Ireland.   Many have no friends outside of the place where they live and much of their time is spent within the home.

Journal article

Multi-agency working in support of people with intellectual disabilities

Author:
McCONKEY Roy
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 9(3), September 2005, pp.193-207.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

Although health and social services in Northern Ireland are jointly commissioned and delivered, the recent emphasis in government policy on multi-agency working for people with learning disabilities has not extended as yet to the region. A qualitative research study, with informants drawn from a range of sectors and agencies beyond health and social services, nonetheless identified at least 24 different organizations who were participating in some form of joint working. It identified a wide range of organisations working together at regional, area and local levels. The organisations covered a range of functions beyond health, social services and education, and included the police service and district councils. The benefits were seen to outweigh potential difficulties and respondents identified the factors that they had found facilitated joint working as well as the obstacles to it. These centred on the need to build relationships among participants, creating opportunities for partnership working to occur and increasing the capacity of individuals and organizations to work together. The need for further evaluation and research into system change and user involvement is highlighted.

Journal article

Characteristics of people providing family placements to adult persons with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
McCONKEY Roy, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 33(3), September 2005, pp.132-137.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This study examines the characteristics of 30 placement providers in two schemes operating in Northern Ireland. Information was obtained through individual interviews on their characteristics, their reasons for becoming involved and what they get out of their involvement. All but one were female; two-thirds were aged 50 plus and just over one-third were in employment. The majority of providers have been recruited from the care sector and many had experience of people with intellectual disabilities. Most had come into the schemes because of their personal interest in this client group. No one came solely as a result of seeing an advertisement and only one person explicitly mentioned the financial reimbursement. Over half had been involved for 3 years and more. All felt they gained a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from their involvement but stressed the amount of commitment needed to become a provider. The placement providers overall were very satisfied with the way the schemes operated. The main complaint appeared to be in regard to the low payments. Proposals are made for the future development of family placement schemes particularly in the recruitment of providers.

Book

Opening doors: educating the community about mental handicap

Author:
McCONKEY Roy
Publisher:
Scottish Society for the Mentally Handicapped
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
39p.,list of orgs.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

Beginners guide for anyone who wants to help part of their local community become more aware of the abilities and needs of people with learning difficulties. Offers simple suggestions and examples for identifying target groups and advice about getting the right message across to them.

Book

Innovations in leisure and recreation for people with a mental handicap

Editors:
McCONKEY Roy, McGINLEY Patrick
Publisher:
Lisieux Hall Publications
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
335p., illus., bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Chorley, Lancs.

Describes a series of innovative schemes aimed at improving leisure facilities for mentally handicapped people.

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