Using multimedia technology to enhance self-advocacy of people with intellectual disabilities: Introducing a theoretical framework for ‘Multimedia Advocacy’

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Watts, P., Kwiatkowska, G. and Minnion, A. 2023. Using multimedia technology to enhance self-advocacy of people with intellectual disabilities: Introducing a theoretical framework for ‘Multimedia Advocacy’. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. In Press. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.13107
AuthorsWatts, P., Kwiatkowska, G. and Minnion, A.
Abstract

Background:
Multimedia Advocacy is the use of digital technology for people with intellectual disabilities as means of developing identities, being heard, connecting to family and care networks and, advocating for change.

Methods:
We explore principles and theories that underpin Multimedia Advocacy, mapping disciplinary approaches that have influenced the concept and praxis.

Results:
We describe relevant theories from cultural and media studies, personal therapeutic practices, communication, universal design, and systemic adoption of technology. We discuss new ways of achieving person-centred working with digital technology. We aim to develop a stronger theory/practice dialogue between these disciplines.

Conclusions:
The theories described highlight the importance of embedding access and use of digital technology within everyday settings. Long-term implementation plans and buy-in from all organisational levels are required for Multimedia Advocacy tools to be embraced by health and social care systems so the voice of an individual is included and genuine person-centred practice is achieved.

JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Journal citationIn Press
ISSN1360-2322
Year2023
PublisherWiley
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.13107
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Accepted05 Apr 2023
Deposited20 Apr 2023
Copyright holder© 2023, The Authors
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