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Friday, December 4 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Visualize Our Perspective: Using Photovoice to Document Students? College Experiences LIMITED

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This inclusive case study utilized Photovoice and other participatory methods to engage adults with intellectual disability as co-researchers documenting their college experience. Results reveal participation in this inclusive post-secondary educational program is providing participants with opportunities for personal and relational development including: recognizing college as their preferred option; defining themselves; adapting to challenges; exceeding others? expectations; developing friendships and close personal bonds; belonging to the college community; and other positive social experiences. Data supports common themes across their perspectives, while highlighting the uniqueness of each individual. Research practices empowered participants and support the notion ?nothing about us, without us.? OBJECTIVES: +T2 IMPORTANCE: Data presented demonstrates how these young adults with intellectual disabilities engaged as co-researchers, highlighting their strengths and the valuable input they provided, recording their experiences for necessary program evaluation. As inclusive post-secondary programs increase, so does the need for participatory research like this to document the impact. TRANSLATING TOPIC INTO IMPROVED OUTCOMES:This case study models how adults with intellectual disability can be effectively engaged as co-researchers and provides valuable insights regarding their experiences, contradicting the often low perceptions of people with such disabilities. The impact of PSE programs for adults with intellectual disability cannot accurately be determined without collecting data directly from the participants themselves. Researchers, support persons, or other professionals involved with adults with intellectual disability need to continue to examine the assumption that they know ?what?s best? for participants with ID and can speak on their behalf. Participation in this inclusive research project provided empowering experiences for participants and valuable data for on-going program evaluation and post-secondary transition planning. As PSE programs for adults with ID increase such data is vital. Further participatory research with participants with ID is needed to begin to prepare adults with ID for PSE programs and to document the impact of these inclusive programs. Such research supports the notion ?Nothing about us, without us.?


Diane Clouse

University of Cincinnati

Friday December 4, 2015 9:20am - 10:10am PST
Salon D 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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