Supporting people with Autism Spectrum Dis. in leisure timeimpact of an Univ. Vol. Program, and rel. factors

  1. María del Carmen Nieto Vizcaíno
  2. Eva Murillo Sanz
  3. Mercedes Belinchón Carmona
  4. Almudena Giménez de la Peña
  5. David Saldaña Sage
  6. María Ángeles Martínez Martín
  7. María Frontera
Journal:
Anales de psicología

ISSN: 0212-9728

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 31

Issue: 1

Pages: 145-154

Type: Article

DOI: 10.6018/ANALESPS.31.1.166591 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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  • Year 2015
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Abstract

Social participation has positive effects on mental and physical health, and it can be taken as an indicator of quality of life. However, the participation of people with disabilities in their communities is still scarce, especially for people with autism. The impact on individual satisfaction produced by a university volunteer program (APUNTATE) aimed at supporting people with autism in leisure activities was evaluated. A questionnaire of impact assessment, that identi-fies those areas where the impact is greater, was completed by 159 families of users and 230 volunteers. Users and volunteers reported a very high level of satisfaction with the program, but personal characteristics of users slightly influenced the scores. The structured organization of the program, and the continued training and support received by volunteers were the highest valued aspects. The adaptation of supports to the individual needs of users and volunteers was another relevant factor to explain the results. The evaluation obtained shows that volunteering programs to promote the participation of people with ASD can be successfully implemented in pub-lic universities. These programs can increase the personal development, fa-cilitate a change of attitude towards people with disabilities and can im-prove future employment prospects of students

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