In interviews with 137 people who have disabilities and with their family members, Poston said, she was struck by the intensity of comments about the importance of spiritual and religious practices.
"People might say that having a job is important to the familyÂ¹s well-being, but in a matter-of-fact way," Poston said. "But there is an intensity in their voices when they say, 'My life wouldnÂ¹t be anything without faith.' "
Poston and Turnbull's study appears in the June issue of the journal Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities.