ASID (Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability) aims to support the use of research in policy and practice. Ways of furthering this aim are the development of evidence based position statements about key aspects of practice and policy and the endorsement and dissemination of position statement written by other organisations.
In recent years ASID has produced position statements on Dedifferentiation and People with intellectual Disabilities and Intellectual Disability and Complex Support Needs and endorsed statements produced by other organisations on COVID 19 and People with Intellectual Disabilities, and the Importance of Physical and Mental Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System.
In 2019 ASID commissioned a scoping review of Position Statements relevant to people with intellectual disabilities. The aim was twofold. First, to identify and make available to members of ASID existing position statements. Second to identify gaps and inform priorities for development of new Position Statements by ASID.
The full report of the project is available here, and a paper based on the review is published in the 2021 June issue of RAPIDD.
The scoping review did not assess the quality of the 125 position statements identified. However, before making them available to members, a sub-committee of the ASID Board made up of academics peer reviewed all the papers to assess their currency, values and rigor. Two groups were identified: those that were current, relied on evidence and aligned with the values of ASID, and those that were dated, not based on evidence or did not follow the expected format of a position statement. The database on this website makes all of these papers available to members. It should be noted that the Board has not yet endorsed any of these position statements.
Theme 1: Life Stages
Includes position papers that relate to life stages, including early childhood through to death, and includes school years and education, transition from school to adulthood, parenting and aged care.
Theme 2: Community Living
Includes position papers that relate to living in the community as an adult with ID, including accommodation, employment, volunteering, income support, transport, leisure and social inclusion.
Theme 3: Individual Autonomy
Includes position papers that relate to personal autonomy including decision-making, self-determination, and citizenship, as well as making friends, setting goals, accessing information and developing leadership potential.
Theme 4: Health & Wellbeing
Includes position papers that discuss health related issues such as diagnosis, health care, hospitalisation, dental and medication management, as well as sexuality and reproductive health, mental health and wellbeing and spirituality.
Theme 5: Rights & Advocacy
Includes position papers that discuss the connection between disability rights and quality of life, discrimination, safeguarding and advocacy, how the law deals with people with intellectual disabilities, guardianship, and conducting research related to intellectual disability.
Theme 6: Service Development
Includes position papers that focus on service approaches such as service planning and coordination, consultation and feedback, restrictive practices, dedifferentiation, staff training, management of funding, and service improvement.
How to access the documents
Click here to view and download all documents related to this scoping review.