What does inclusive participatory research tell us about people with disabilities’ lives?

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Involving people with lived experiences directly in evidence generation has the potential to produce in depth, meaningful data, which people not involved in working with this group may find enlightening. It may also lead to changes in attitudes and understandings about people with disabilities, their experiences and concerns.

Drawing on our research within the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded Disability Inclusive Development (DID) programme, and to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we share reflections on designing and using inclusive participatory research methods in Kenya (on inclusive pre-school education) and Bangladesh (livelihoods and skills development).


  • Mary Wickenden, Research Fellow, IDS
  • Brigitte Rohwerder, Portfolio Research Officer, IDS

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If you are attending in person, please note that Room 220 is on the 2nd floor of the IDS Building. If you are taking the lift, then please press floor two. If you have any accessibility issues for this event then please email: events@ids.ac.uk

Please note that this seminar will have either a person doing British Sign Language (BSL) or a live captioner.

View the related resources for this event

Children with disabilities’, their parents’ and teachers’ changing perceptions and experiences of disability inclusive ECDE in 2 sites in Kenya

Insights from Qualitative Inclusive, Participatory Fieldwork with Learners with Deafblindness and Women with Disabilities in Bangladesh: Phase Two 

Practical Guides for Participatory Methods: Disability Inclusive Research

Inclusive Early Childhood Development and Education in Kenya: what do parents, teachers and children understand, perceive and experience? 

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