What About Us? Working with Young People to Make the Best of School and College.
This paper briefly reports on a participative action research project, run in partnership between the University of Cambridge and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. The two year project focused on developing positive ways to promote the emotional well-being of young people with learning/intellectual disabilities (aged 11-22 years)in inclusive educational settings – secondary schools and colleges. The young people themselves were involved as partners in the research, suggesting ways to overcome barriers to inclusion. As co-researchers, they were able to make changes in their own schools and colleges to enable them to feel safer and more included in their educational communities. An additional outcome of the project was the development of a website, sharing the inspirational experiences of the project and to offer resources for young people, their families and staff supporting them in educational settings.
Keywords: Participative Research Approach, Learning/Intellectual Disabilities, Voice of the Learner, Emotional Well-being, Inclusion
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Special Needs Education and Research