Producing Self-advocacy Videos Through a Process of Collaborative Action Research with Adults Living with Intellectual Disabilities

By Ann-Louise Davidson.

Published by The Learner Collection

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While the world’s richest countries are going through a movement of deinstitutionalization, people living with intellectual disabilities (ID) are facing many challenges. At the same time they are looking for homes, they are struggling to develop independent living skills to get fully integrated in society. This study was conducted with a group of nine adults living with ID in Canada’s capital city. All participants were registered to a day program in which they were developing independent living skills. We used collaborative action research methods along with video technology in order to study particular problems participants were facing in their daily lives. Participants produced a series of video in which they were voicing a message to people around them. This article describes the problematic that brought the group to produce self-advocacy videos and the collaborative action-research process with which we prepared the video production. At the end, suggestions for practice and directions for future research using video based intervention with people with ID are offered.

Keywords: Intellectual Disability, Video Based Intervention, Housing Program, Self-advocacy, Collaborative Action Research

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.687-698. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.274MB).

Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson

Professor, Education Department, Educational Technology Program, Concordia University, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson is an assistant professor of Education at where she teaches in the graduate program in educational technology. Her research interests revolve around the changes brought by ICT in society and in the educational system. In education, she uses collaborative action research methods as a means to understand and explain the relations between pedagogy and ICT. In non-educational settings, she studies the impact of digital technologies on the social integration of minorities and marginalized populations.


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