Title: Inclusive Research With People With Intellectual Disabilities as Co-researchers – Towards Emancipation
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education, Special Education, Learning Difficulties & Disability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Monika Parchomiuk, University of Maria Curie Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland
Inclusive research covers various forms of participation of researchers with disabilities in the research process. Its idea is that non-disabled researchers create conditions for cooperation ensuring the maximum — meeting the needs of both parties — involvement of people with disabilities. It focuses on issues important primarily for the population of people with disabilities (co-researchers representing it), especially those that would be less accurately explored using other types of research. People with intellectual disabilities are one of the groups that can participate in inclusive projects. For years they have suffered from social oppression, deprived of the right to self-determination. The presentation focuses on the assumptions, conditions, and implementation of inclusive research, and the preparation of co-researchers with intellectual disabilities. A systematic research analysis will be used to establish the added value of inclusive research and prove that the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in this area of social activity (where they take non-standard roles) may lead to their emancipation and empowerment. Participation in research projects may help co-researchers increase or gain control over their life. It may help broaden the awareness of their rights and needs (and of the population of people with disabilities), and of the factors limiting their implementation. As active participants in socially important research, people with intellectual disabilities can learn to assess educational and supportive solutions and co-design them. The presentation should stimulate the audience's reflection on the potential of inclusive projects for science and practice.
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