Flexible and responsive research: Developing rights-based emancipatory disability research methodology in collaboration with young adults with Down Syndrome

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Stevenson, Miriam. (2010). Flexible and responsive research: Developing rights-based emancipatory disability research methodology in collaboration with young adults with Down Syndrome. Australian Social Work. 63(1), pp. 35 - 50. https://doi.org/10.1080/03124070903471041
AuthorsStevenson, Miriam
Abstract

This paper examines the development of the Emancipatory Disability Research (EDR) paradigm; principles defined by various groups and authors within the disability movement that are intended to ensure the integrity of disability research design and practice. It is argued that these principles are commensurate with the tenets underpinning the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008). The paper then relates the principles of EDR to participatory research involving people with an intellectual disability, drawing both on existing studies and the author's ongoing research project, which is conducted in partnership with young adults with Down syndrome and other key stakeholders. The author advocates for the ongoing development and adaptation of the EDR “model” in respect of people with an intellectual disability. This requires the academic researcher to embrace their position as a Human Rights activist, and render the research process flexible and continuously open to diverse forms of participation by co-researchers who have an intellectual disability, if they are to influence the research process and outcomes and their voices are to be heard.

Year2010
JournalAustralian Social Work
Journal citation63 (1), pp. 35 - 50
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0312-407X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03124070903471041
Scopus EID2-s2.0-77649312076
Page range35 - 50
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
Place of publicationAustralia
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