An initial evaluation of a long-term, sustainable, integrated community-based physical activity program for adults with intellectual disability

Lante, Kerrie A., Walkley, Jeff W., Gamble, Merrilyn and Vassos, Maria V. (2011) An initial evaluation of a long-term, sustainable, integrated community-based physical activity program for adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 36 3: 197-206.

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Author Lante, Kerrie A.
Walkley, Jeff W.
Gamble, Merrilyn
Vassos, Maria V.
Title An initial evaluation of a long-term, sustainable, integrated community-based physical activity program for adults with intellectual disability
Journal name Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1366-8250
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2011.593163
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 197
End page 206
Total pages 10
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract Background
Physical activity (PA) programs for adults with intellectual disability (ID) have positive impacts, at least in the short term. No research has been reported on the effect of long-term engagement in PA programs for adults with ID. This paper explores the physical and psychosocial benefits gained by two individuals with mild ID who participated in a long-term PA program.

Method
Accelerometery was used to collect PA data during the program and for 7-day periods outside of the program. To explore the psychosocial outcomes gained from participating in the program, participants and their caregivers were interviewed about their participation experiences.

Results
Across time, a decrease in the amount of light activity engaged in during sessions was found, with participants gradually increasing their moderate to vigorous activity. Psychosocial benefits, including meeting new people and gaining social acknowledgement were reported by participants and caregivers.

Conclusions
Long-term, sustainable, low cost PA programs (such as the one under investigation) can minimise barriers to physical activity for people with ID.
Keyword Intellectual disability
Physical activity
Intervention
Community inclusion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
School of Social Science Publications
 
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