Let’s just do it: Accessibility and inclusion, why does it matter? Involving people with learning disabilities in research

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Choksi, A., Kaur, B., Weinberg, R., Dhillon, S., Kerai, K. and Kwiatkowska, G. 2023. Let’s just do it: Accessibility and inclusion, why does it matter? Involving people with learning disabilities in research. in: Tilly, L and Walmsley, J. (ed.) Rights in Practice for People with a Learning Disability: Stories of Citizenship Palgrave Macmillan.
AuthorsChoksi, A., Kaur, B., Weinberg, R., Dhillon, S., Kerai, K. and Kwiatkowska, G.
EditorsTilly, L and Walmsley, J.
Abstract

In this chapter, the lived experiences of our co-researcher, individuals with learning disabilities, Ros, Kiran, Baljit, and Ajay, are shared to illuminate the challenges they encounter in the pursuit of paid employment. Against the backdrop of legal frameworks like the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we delves into the attitudinal barriers and societal misconceptions that hinder their access to work. These personal stories serve as poignant examples, highlighting the vital importance of recognising their rights to equality, paid employment, independence, and continuous personal development.

The chapter emphasises the transformative impact of employment, not just financially, but in bolstering confidence, self-esteem, and overall well-being. Crucially, it underscores the significance of accessible technology, independent travel, and robust support networks in empowering individuals with learning disabilities.

Keywordslearning disability; employment; citizenship; equality; rights
Book titleRights in Practice for People with a Learning Disability: Stories of Citizenship
Year2023
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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