Community-based arts research for people with learning disabilities: challenging misconceptions about learning disabilities

Richards, Michael, Lawthom, R. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2018) Community-based arts research for people with learning disabilities: challenging misconceptions about learning disabilities. Disability and Society. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

This article presents some of the community-based artwork of a group of men with learning disabilities, who aimed to challenge some of the misconceptions associated with learning disabilities. People with learning disabilities regularly face many forms of direct and indirect stigma. The consequences of such negative perceptions may affect individuals’ social relationships and ensure that barriers are strengthened that prevent their full inclusion. The men in this project used a series of visual and creative methods to challenge some of these misconceptions by telling stories through art, demonstrating skill through photography, using poetry to talk about sexual identity, and improvising drama and filmmaking to challenge stigma, and through sculpture expressed their voices. Thus, by doing so, they were able to challenge some of the stigma associated with learning disabilities, indicating that community-based arts research is a valuable way in which to promote the voices of people with learning disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 11:20
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10852

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