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Wheelchair users’ experiences of integrated dance in Ireland

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Show simple item record Curley, Fiona 2017-05-02T18:37:41Z 2017-05-02T18:37:41Z 2016
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction: In Ireland, there are approximately 40,000 wheelchair users. For many people, an appropriate, well-designed and well-fitted wheelchair is a facilitator to increase independence, enable inclusion, occupational engagement and participation in society. Integrated dance is a physical art form that enables wheelchair users to explore and express their creativity through dancing. Due to the dearth of scholarly research into this occupation, the aim of this research is to understand the experiences of wheelchair users who participate in integrated dance in Ireland. Method: The methodological design for this study used a broad qualitative approach. Purposive sampling was used to recruit two male wheelchair users who participate in integrated dance through a gatekeeper of an integrated dance company in Ireland. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants. The transcribed interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings: Through thematic analysis three themes were identified. ‘The power of assistive technology’ outlined the importance of their wheelchair to enable occupational engagement. ‘Confronting challenges’ outlined challenges they face as wheelchair users. ‘Dance as a foundation’ outlined how dance has enabled the participants to explore other occupations and integrate these occupations with the dance. Conclusion: As the findings reveal that engaging in integrated dance has many benefits, wheelchair users continue to encounter challenges. Occupational therapists are key specialists involved in providing appropriate wheelchair and seating assistive technology. This study contributes to identifying the need for a national policy for wheelchair and seating provision in Ireland to enable individuals to engage in meaningful occupations. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject wheelchair users en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject integrated dance en_US
dc.title Wheelchair users’ experiences of integrated dance in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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