chapter  14
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Practicing social inclusion: Comfort Zone – a social support group for teenagers with high-functioning autism

Individuals with a disability are often excluded from society because of their differences either physically, mentally or socially (Kitchin 1998). In order to tackle this issue of exclusion, social networks must be built with the aim of including these individuals into society. The notion of building social inclusion is described by Pierre Bourdieu (1977) as ‘social capital’ where resources are embedded within social structures and networks rather than in individuals. By encouraging social inclusion, individuals’ quality of life is enhanced by allowing more access to support, resources and relationships.