This year's Learning Disability Week will take place from 14 - 20 June. The theme will be art and creativity, and the University of East London (UEL) will be supporting the special week and the Mencap campaign. Why not get involved at the Mencap website?
Getting creative is a way to stay connected for many people with a learning disability - and their families – and this was especially true through the challenges of the past year.
UEL is a firm advocate in supporting those with a disability or learning difficulty. The Research and Media Centre (RIX), hosted at the London Docklands campus next to the Royal Docks, is doing some ground-breaking work helping people with learning disabilities to communicate about their lives. As we are committed to making a positive social impact through research, RIX Research & Media is one of UEL's flagship research centres and a champion in making a difference.
Central to RIX's multimedia advocacy approach is the RIX Wiki - an easy-to-build personal website which a person with learning disabilities can build themselves or with the help of a carer using pictures, text, video and sound clips. The research centre was a nomination for the 2016 THE awards in the 'Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology' category.
Being based at UEL, the RIX centre also brings people with learning disabilities into the heart of academic programmes. Not only do they deliver lectures for social work and education studies, teaching educators, SEN specialists, educational psychologists and social workers but they also contribute to the University's media and creative industry studies, ensuring that students have access to inclusive settings in their learning programmes.
Gosia Kwiatkowska, Senior Lecturer and Co-director at RIX, said,