Involving People With Disabilities In Research Teams: Being A Researcher, Rather Than The Researched
The University of Newcastle's (UON) Disability Research Network forum will open a debate on research methodologies that support people with disabilities as key members of a research team.
Visiting Faculty Fellow Dr Janice Murray (Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom) will begin the forum with a presentation on Participatory Action Research as a platform for increasing genuine involvement of people with a disability in research. This will include successful UK based examples that highlight the coordinated efforts of state-funded research and partnerships with non-government for-profit and non-profit disability organisations.
After the presentation, an open forum discussion will explore increasing inclusive research in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia and increased engagement across sectors in disability research.
Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend, particularly disability service providers, people with a disability, clinicians, researchers, family members, and those engaged in disability service policy or setting priorities for research or funding.
Dr Janice Murray is a Reader in Community Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her background is speech and language therapy. Dr Murray's research focus is complex communication disabilities and aided communication technologies. She is a leader in the field of speech pathology, especially in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), atypical language acquisition, atypical literacy development and motor speech disorders – particularly in children, and in relation to people with disabilities. Dr Murray has led innovation in this area at both National and International levels. Until recently, she was Head of Speech Pathology at Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently Chair of Council for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. During her stay at UON, Dr Murray will work with Dr Bronwyn Hemsley to investigate inclusive research, as well as the use of social media to strengthen the development of AAC inclusive research team communities.
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