Social inclusion is associated with better health and quality of life. Community participation is essential to inclusion and is an established human right. However, people with intellectual disability experience limitations and challenges to their participation. This study examined difficulties older Irish adults had participating in community. A sample of 609 individuals was followed over a six-year period to explore rates of difficulty experienced and associated factors. The proportion reporting the difficulties measured increased over time. Aging was associated with increased difficulty participating in community but was just one of multiple factors. Contrary to policy, more adults with intellectual disability may face exclusion from community as they age. More person-centered supports are needed to address individual needs to better support inclusion.

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