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Title: On not being noticed: intellectual disabilities and the non-vocal register
Authors: Finlay, W.M.L.
Antaki, Charles
Walton, Chris
Keywords: Intellectual disability
Learning disability
Mental retardation
Developmental disabilities
Gestures
Identity
Empowerment
Choice
Control
Disempowerment
Residential services
Staff
Communication
Interaction
Meetings
Non-verbal
Signs
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
Citation: FINLAY, W.M.L., ANTAKI, C., WALTON, C., 2007. On not being noticed: intellectual disabilities and the non-vocal register. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 45 (4), pp. 227-245.
Abstract: Gestures unaccompanied by sound risk not being registered by their intended recipient. We chart examples of this in a video recording of a meeting between people with intellectual disabilities and support staff in a group home. The recordings reveal that even individuals with very limited spoken language can, and do, design non-vocal gestures to make intelligible contributions to the conversation as it is unfolding. But they are often unseen. Were such contributions to be noticed and taken up, we argue, they would reveal a variety of substantive contributions to the interaction, notably residents' concerns to display their understanding of the current topic and its interactional requirements, for themselves and others. We consider whether, and how, such unratified contributions may arise out of a dilemma faced by staff, and manifest a diminished identity that staff members (and researchers) unwittingly impose on residents.
Description: This is the authors' final version of an article published in the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Copyright 2007 by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Posted electronically with permission. The definitive version of this article is available from: http://aaidd.allenpress.com/aamronline/?request=get-current-issue
Sponsor: The research reported was facilitated by grant number Res-148-25-0002 from the United Kingdom ESRC.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1352/1934-9556(2007)45[227:ONBNID]2.0.CO;2
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5801
ISSN: 1934-9556
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