Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Learning disability journal a world first
A journal has published an edition of articles all edited and peer reviewed by people with learning disabilities – a world’s first for academia.
The British Journal of Learning Disabilities is to be published this week and was produced by a University of Manchester team of academics, working alongside people with learning disabilities.
The team say the project demonstrates how research into learning disability can be much more inclusive, which is in line with the demands from government departments, research councils and larger charities. The project has also raised questions about the language researchers should use to make their work more accessible to those they are writing about.
Lou Townson, one of the five members of the University of Manchester team who has learning difficulties, said: “In terms of working with researchers, it’s isn’t usually the information which is difficult to understand but the way it is presented. We learned a lot by working on this journal.
“People with learning difficulties do have a valuable contribution to make to academic research into learning difficulty and I hope our work helps to make the case.”
The journal includes articles on Asperger’s, the low take up of Annual Health Checks in Oxfordshire as well as a piece on the Canadian education system.
The editor of the journal, Professor Duncan Mitchell, said: “This special edition is significant because it explores ways in which people with learning disabilities can engage in research and ensure that papers that are about them are written and reviewed by them.”
In other news, national volunteering charity, TimeBank, has joined forces with Carers UK to create the innovative volunteering project Carers Together.
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