Self-advocacy and research

Atkinson, Dorothy (2002). Self-advocacy and research. In: Gray, Barry and Jackson, Robin eds. Advocacy and Learning Disability. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 120–136.



This chapter reviews research in relation to advocacy by, for and with people with learning difficulties. The focus is on research as it affects self-advocacy, as this raises many key issues about the nature of research, and of advocacy, and of the relationship between them. The chapter also considers research by and with people with learning difficulties (participatory research) as that in itself can be seen as a manifestation of self-advocacy. Finally, consideration is given to research as advocacy and research as an empowering process.

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