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Researchers and cultural agencies have suggested that cultural development is supported by social relationships of trust and reciprocity and high levels of participation in cultural activities.1 People with disability are less likely to be employed than people in the broader population, most likely have lower incomes and may rely on formal or informal care providers to assist in everyday activities (ABS, cat. no. 4430.0). Personal networks for people in these situations are particularly important in supporting their integration into the wider community, thereby enhancing their well-being and the social fabric of their community.
In this publication, examination of ABS survey data is made of people with disability participating in a range of social activities. Topics in these surveys include people’s ability to leave their home and be part of their wider community, participation in a range of cultural and leisure activities and contact with family and friends. Measures of feeling safe are examined and comparisons are made between:
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