Wolverhampton Intellectual Disability Network (WIDeN)

Our mission

WIDeN is an interest group focussing on widening participation, increasing inclusion, improving wellbeing, and enhancing knowledge, advocacy and support for people with intellectual disabilities through research, teaching and community work. 


It is a forum in which those working in and researching in the field of intellectual disabilities can come together to discuss, plan and share research and practice work. It aims to build research and practice partnerships with people with intellectual disabilities, their families and those who support them and specialist and generic services, organisations and institutions.

Getting involved in the election 2015 report

The easy read report about the research project 'Getting involved in the election 2015' which was a collaboration between the WIDeN group in the University of Wolverhampton, Dudley Voices for Choice, Friends 2 Friends Lichfield and Building Bridges Training is now available. Download the report.

Research themes

  • Inclusive Research
  • Health Inequalities
  • Family Carers’ Views
  • Policy Research
  • Education and Transition
  • Complex Support Needs
  • Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Supporting Communication
  • Internet Use
  • Forensic Issues

Your participation

The group welcomes those who would like to network and cooperate to share skills and provide developmental opportunities in:

  • research
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • practice


  • Iriarte Garcia, E., O’Brien, P. & Chadwick, D.D. (2014). Involving People With Intellectual Disabilities Within Research Teams: Lessons Learned from an Irish Experience. Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 11(2), 149-157.
  • Sallah, D. and Kozlowska, O. (2014) Here to Stay: Research into the needs, experiences and outcomes of health and social care services of people with learning disabilities from ethnic minority communities, including new migrants, living in England. Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability eNewsletter, 16 (1).
  • Sallah, D., Kozlowska, O. and Fisher, B. (2013) Towards race equality in advocacy services: people with learning disabilities from black and minority ethnic communities. Better Health Update 15.
  • Simpson, G (2013) Developing wellbeing as a critical tool in social work education: an example from the field of learning disability in Crisp, B.R. and Beddoe, L. (eds.) (2013) promoting Health and Well-being in Social Work Education. Abingdon. Routledge.

Current Projects

  • The perceived risks and benefits of being on line and having a learning disability.
  • Knowing when I’m sick & Helping me stay healthy: Family perspectives on healthcare communication with their family member with a profound or multiple learning disability. Darren Chadwick (In collaboration with Manchester Learning Disability Partnership)
  • Election Research: What we want from politicians and what we think about the election information (with Building Bridges Research Group). Liz Tilly, Darren Chadwick, Stephanie Brewster, Michael Welsh, Olga Kozlowska & Lynne Westwood.
  • Here to Stay – the needs of people with learning disabilities from ethnic minority communities including new migrants. Olga Kozlowska 

Group interests

  • Training future professionals
  • Socialisation, Interaction & Communication
  • Advocacy & Self-determination
  • Vulnerability and Abuse
  • Use of Generic Services & -Service Provision
  • Wellbeing & Resilience
  • Diverse, disadvantaged and overlooked issues for people with learning disabilities