As Booth (1996) draws from the ‘excluded voice thesis’, qualitative research can access the perspectives and experiences of oppressed groups lacking the power to make their voices heard through traditional academic discourse.
As every business knows, understanding your customer is the most important activity an organisation can undertake. Involving people withLearning Disabilities in research to ensure you understand the barriers and motivators to accessing your services is essential to put you in a position where you can address such issues. This is a crucial factor to ensure success.
As a social marketing agency, we have experience of working with people with Learning Disabilities and we have put some tips together for you to consider when engaging with people with Learning Disabilities.
When conducting the research it is important to understand whether it is inclusive or emancipatory i.e. whether the people with learning disabilities are simply involved or whether they have control of the research and it’s in their interest. This will
impact upon how the research is developed and brought forward.
Good practice for effective research is actually universal. Most of these suggestions can pretty much apply to any qualitative research exercise
Some useful links to make information accessible include:
Mencap. Make it Clear: A guide to making information easy to read and understand
ChangePeople Accessible Information Guidelines