Dear colleagues, I would be ever so grateful if you could disseminate the following information to anyone you think might be interested.
Myself, Liz Tilley, Louise Wallace, Lorna Rouse from the OU; Shaun Picken (My Life My Choice) and Jan Walmsley are conducting a study to find out how self-advocacy groups are supporting members’ health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. We also want to find out more about people’s access to technology during lockdown, and how this is affecting what people with learning disabilities, self-advocacy groups, family, friends and support workers can do.
With regards to technology we are particularly interested in learning about: i) how people with learning disabilities and their families, friends and support workers have used technologies during the corona-virus lock-down and the reasons for doing so ii) what factors have made using technologies during lock-down easy or difficult. We are using a broad definition of technology. Typical examples of technology include: mobile phones, tablets, Zooom, WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube.
We have created an online survey for anyone who supports people with learning disabilities (e.g. parent, carer, support worker, employee of an advocacy organisation) and has used technology to facilitate this support during the pandemic.
The link for the survey is https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/using-technology-to-support-people-with-learning-disabilit
Thanks in anticipation
Professor Jane Seale | Chair of OU Education REF Panel
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