“The finished work of art does not have to be a masterpiece!”: Perspectives of Direct Support Professionals On Implementing Art Activities As Leisure Options

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Herceg, Amelia M.
University of Windsor
24-hour support location; Art Activities; Direct Support Professional; Intellectual Disability; Leisure; Personal Support Worker
thesis / dissertation description
This instrumental case study approach and participatory action research study focused on the challenges and opportunities that derived from Direct Support Professionals implementing art activities with the people they support with an intellectual disability, living in a 24-hour support location. The study had three participants from a Canadian organization that provides 24-hour support for adults with an intellectual disability. The Direct Support Professionals implemented three art activities, over three sessions, and participated in three interviews and two collaborative workshops with the researcher. The results of the study showed that are minimal art activities available for people supported, and the different challenges included lack of time, unexpected occurrences, and interest from the people supported.