Creative methodologies to enhance communication

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The experiences and opinions of people with learning disabilities are often ignored or devalued. Oral and life history projects allow individuals to communicate their own opinions and experiences. This process can lead to more meaningful interactions between those with learning disabilities and support workers. Whilst the interview techniques often employed by life history projects may not be appropriate for those with limited verbal abilities, alternative methodologies such as photography, drawings, music and poetry may be adopted. The current study demonstrates that a life history approach incorporating creative techniques can provide valuable information about the beliefs, experiences and values of people with learning disabilities. Therefore, creative forms of communication should be encouraged to promote personalised care and greater representation in learning disability research.

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