Chapter 6. Citizenship and Community Participation

  1. Gwynnyth Llewellyn Professor Dean Director leader1,
  2. Rannveig Traustadóttir Professor Director former president2,
  3. David McConnell Professor Executive Director former president3 and
  4. Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir Assistant Professor advocate researcher assistant2
  1. Brigit Mirfin-Veitch PhD

Published Online: 5 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470660393.ch6

Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures

Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures

How to Cite

Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2010) Citizenship and Community Participation, in Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures (eds G. Llewellyn, R. Traustadóttir, D. McConnell and H. Björg Sigurjónsdóttir), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470660393.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Sydney, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Iceland

  3. 3

    University of Alberta, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470772959

Online ISBN: 9780470660393



  • citizenship and community participation;
  • caring for and rearing children safely and well - challenging tasks of adulthood;
  • active citizenship - people participating in decisions affecting their lives;
  • community participation - goal for all people with disabilities;
  • people with disabilities - and need for involvement in social networks;
  • parenting in presence and absence of citizenship and community participation;
  • community participation, goal for people with disabilities;
  • personal sense of control, support, control over decisions - in social life of community;
  • ability for parents with intellectual disabilities - in achieving “good-enough” standard of parenting;
  • future support and service initiatives


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Research Study

  • Parents' Stories

  • Parenting in the Presence and Absence of Citizenship and Community Participation

  • Conclusion

  • Principles for Practice

  • References