Research with and by people with learning disabilities

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Abstract

•This article has been double-blind peer reviewed

People with learning disabilities are not always actively involved in research, but inclusive studies can generate findings that are representative of this group of people

Durell S (2016) Research with and by people with learning disabilities. Nursing Times; 112: 7, 15-18.

Many people with learning disabilities are frequently excluded from active involvement in research and, as a result, along with researchers, have questioned research processes. These discussions have influenced how research is undertaken by, and with, people who have learning disabilities. Learning disability research is now increasingly framed as inclusive. This article explores the development of inclusive learning disability research by tracing its background and influences, identifying key characteristics and highlighting some of the challenges in its application. It demonstrates how inclusive research can give people with learning disabilities a voice that will help to inform practice.

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