Lecturer in Learning Disabilities
Stavert, J. (2015). Deprivation of Liberty update. Edinburgh
O'Leary, L., Cooper, S., & Hughes-McCormack, L. (2017). Early death and causes of death of people with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, doi:10.1111/jar.12417. ISSN 1360-2322
Background: Death of people with intellectual disabilities is considered to be earlier than for the general population.
Methods: Databases were searched for intellectual d...
Spassiani, N. A. (in press). It's Okay to Teach People with an Intellectual Disability about Their Disability. The Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability
This paper introduces a newly accredited university programme for students with an intellectual disability (ID). The curriculum is largely based on disability studies pedagogy...
Learning Materials Developer & Interactive Lecturer
Friedman, C. & Spassiani, N. A. (2017). Getting Out There: Community Support Services for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Medicaid HCBS Waivers. Inclusion. 5(1), 33-44. doi:10.1352/2326-6988-5.1.33. ISSN 2326-6988
Despite an increased number of community-based services, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) continue to struggle with meaningful community participa...
Meisner, B. A., Linton, V., Séguin, A. & Spassiani, N. A. (in press). Physical activity and healthy aging in Canada 1 Examining Chronic Disease, Pain-Related Impairment, and Physical Activity Among Middle- Aged and Older Adults in Canada: Implications for Current and Future Aging Populations. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. ISSN 0882-7524
Purpose: With high levels of chronic disease (CD) and pain-related functional impairment (PFI), and low levels of physical activity (PA) among middle-aged and older adults, it...
Macfarlane, L. (2016). ‘Taking care of the small: Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and childhood accidental injury claims in Scotland’. Stellenbosch Law Review. 2(2015), 424 – 442. ISSN 1016-4359
This article addresses the right to life, survival and development, guaranteed to every child by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 6, within th...
Spassiani, N. A., Sawyer, A. R., Chacra, M. S. A., Koch, K., Muñoz, Y. A. & Lunsky, Y. (2016). “Teaches People That I'm More Than a Disability”: Using Nominal Group Technique in Patient-Oriented Research for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 54(2), 112-122. doi:10.1352/1934-9556-54.2.112. ISSN 1934-9556
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have complex healthcare needs, which are often unmet. Nominal group technique (NGT) uses a mixed-methods app...
Durbin, J., Selick, A., Casson, I., Green, L., Spassiani, N., Perry, A. & Lunsky, Y. (2016). Evaluating the Implementation of Health Checks for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Primary Care: The Importance of Organizational Context. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 54(2), 136-150. doi:10.1352/1934-9556-54.2.136. ISSN 1934-9556
Compared to other adults, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities have more health issues, yet are less likely to receive preventative care. One strategy that h...
Martin, C., Fleming, M. & Mccorkindale, S. (2015). Measurement properties of the Illness Perception Questionnaire in practitioners working with patients with co-morbid schizophrenia and learning disability. European journal for person centered healthcare. 4(1), 215-220. doi:10.5750/ejpch.v4i1.1073. ISSN 2052-5648
Rationale, aims and objectives: The widely-used Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ) adapted for use in patients with major mental health problems and those who care and wor...
Sutherland, E. E. & MacFarlane, L. B. (Eds.). (2015). Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child : |b best interests, welfare and well-being. ISBN 9781107158252
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is acknowledged as a landmark in the development of children's rights. Article 3 makes the child's best interests a primary consid...
Spassiani, N. A., Parker Harris, S. & Hammel, J. (2016). Exploring How Knowledge Translation Can Improve Sustainability of Community-based Health Initiatives for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 29(5), 433-444. doi:10.1111/jar.12202. ISSN 1360-2322
Community-based health initiatives (CBHI) play an
important role in maintaining the health, function and
participation of people with intellectual/developmental
Stavert, J. (2015). The exercise of legal capacity, supported decision- making and Scotland’s mental health and incapacity legislation: working with CRPD challenges. Laws. 4(2), 296-313. doi:10.3390/laws4020296
Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, particularly as interpreted in the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities General Com...
Spassiani, N. A. & Friedman, C. (2014). Stigma: Barriers to Culture and Identity for People With Intellectual Disability. Inclusion. 2(4), 329-341. doi:10.1352/2326-6988-2.4.329. ISSN 2326-6988
This exploratory article examines disability culture and identity for people with intellectual disability. In doing so, we argue that the stigma around intellectual disability...
Stavert, J. (2016). Supported Decision-Making: Good Practice Guide. Edinburgh: Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Supported decision-making maximizes an individual's ability to ensure that their rights, will and preferences are at the centre of all decisions that concern them...