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Encouraging participation after acquired brain injury: access to sites, social networks and ACTIVITIES

Published: 25 June 2014

Enabling participation and inclusion for people with disabilities is an important societal issue. The research shows that involvement in activities and participation outside the home has a number of health-promoting effects for people with FHS.

However, there are restrictions in activity and participation, especially outside the home ie. in public environments, commonly found in people with FHS, which poses a threat to their mental and physical health.

The opportunity for activity and participation is largely related to the surrounding environment, but so far, the influence of the environment has been noticed to a small extent in both research and rehabilitation at FHS. In this way, the environment supports and hinders activity and participation is related to many aspects such as physical, social, cultural and social, but knowledge about these aspects is limited. Similarly, knowledge of how these aspects interact in different ways in different situations and how they influence access to places, social networks and activities in the public environment is limited.

Consequently, more knowledge about opportunities for activity and participation in public environments is needed for this group. This knowledge is important for developing the design of rehabilitation efforts that bridge obstacles to activity in the public environment for people with FHS and to identify areas for improvement and to develop and design accessible environments and more inclusive communities that strengthen opportunities for more people to become involved. in activities

Maria Larsson Lund, assistant professor

Alexandra Olofsson, PhD student
Anneli Nyman, senior lecturer