A new report, by researchers within the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, recently launched the main findings of a study exploring the emotional well-being of adolescents with disabilities.
Young people from Barnardo’s Advocacy Group, 6th Sense, co-presented some the findings that were based on data gathered through digital story telling. The research was funded by the Public Health Agency and carried led by researchers within the Centre. No limitations were placed on the degree of disability so the study ‘Improving the Well-being of Disabled Young People’ includes the voices of young people who are often excluded from research projects due to perceived methodological challenges based on access and communication difficulties and pre-set assumptions of disabled children’s abilities.
The report by Dr Grace Kelly, Dr Berni Kelly and Professor Geraldine Macdonald, presents a number of key messages to inform policy and practice and can be accessed here.