Friendships & relationships for people with intellectual disability

Mr David Taylor1, Ms Renell Rodrigues1, Professor Patricia O’Brien1

1Centre For Disability Studies, Camperdown, Australia

Background:
The Inclusive Research Network (IRN), a group of co-researchers with a lived experience of intellectual disabilities, was approached by the Singapore’s Our lives Our Voices Self-Advocacy Group  about the possibility of collaborating on a project that would be of interest to people with intellectual disability. The groups settled on the topic of ‘friendships and relationships’ and sought to design a project that would help to identify the significance of relationships for people with intellectual disabilities as well as the potential barriers faced by people with intellectual disabilities in this regard.

Method:
The IRN engaged in a semi-structured discussion on the topic of relationships in order to come up with a series of questions that they could ask people with intellectual disabilities about the topic of friendship and relationships. The following questions were decided on:

The IRN and the Self-Advocacy Group aim to recruit 20 people with intellectual disabilities in both Australia and Singapore to interview. These interviews will form the basis of a inclusive research report on the significance of relationships for people with disabilities across both societies.

Implications:
This report will provide the first-hand perspective of people with a lived experience of intellectual disability about the significance of (and barriers to) relationships for people within this group.


Biography:

David Taylor is a researcher at the Centre for Disability Studies and the facilitator of the Inclusive Research Network. His research background is in political theory and philosophy.

Patricia O’Brien is the director of the Centre for Disability Studies, leading a team of researchers, educators and clinicians in implementing the vision of the organisation, Building Capacity for Change. At CDS Patricia promotes research that is inclusive of people with disabilities as co-researchers, as well as the promotion of access to tertiary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

The Inclusive Research Network are group of people with a lived experience of intellectual disabilities and their allies who design and implement research project that align with their interests. They are hosted and facilitated by the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Sydney, Camperdown.