This article gives an insight into the way disabled people build a quality of life. It takes into consideration personal goals of disabled people, their environmental conditions, and also the methods and strategies they themselves or/and other relevant actors use. The analysis relies on research conducted between 2005 and 2007, which aimed at a better understanding of the way concerned people cope with their own conditions of life, and the extent to which they are able to "move the borders", or intervene in the construction of their social participation. Grounded on practical observation, the research provides valuable data on how mentally disabled adults manage to live in the "common" social environment (i.e. non institutional environment), and how they learn to develop solutions to meet with "ordinary" (i.e. abled) people, and live with them. These findings open up new research perspectives. A promising one is the study of the evolution of both the disabled self-representations and the representations held about them by social workers, and the subsequent changes such an evolution induces into the medicosocial action. Indeed, it seems that we are witnessing a shift from a social work that focuses on moving disabled people out of a specialised environment into the common one, to a "mediating" social work embedded in the "ordinary" social sphere. © 2008.
Barreyre, J. Y., Bouquet, C., Fiacre, P., Makdessi, Y., & Peintre, C. (2008). Les coûts de la participation sociale de personnes ayant des incapacités. Réflexions à partir d’observations de terrain. Alter, 2(1), 65–81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alter.2007.10.002