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Wolverhampton Intellectual Disability Network (WIDeN)

Our mission

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

WIDeN Meetings

Meetings take place 3 or 4 times a year, usually on Wednesday lunchtimes at the University of Wolverhampton.  They are a forum for people working in and researching in the field of learning disabilities to come together to share and discuss research and developments in good practice. They enable opportunities for research and practice partnerships with people with learning disabilities, their families and those who support them, and with specialist and generic services, organisations and institutions.

Preliminary dates of meeting for 2018/19

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 12.30 - 2pm, Walsall Campus.  Room to be advised. Bring your own lunch, refreshments provided.  

Wednesday 10th April 2019, 12.30 - 2pm, City Campus.  Room to be advised. Bring your own lunch, refreshments provided.  

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

Publications

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.

  • Chadwick, D.D. & Fullwood, C. (2018). An Online Life Like Any Other:  Identity, self-determination and social networking among adults with intellectual disabilities. Cyberpsychology, Behaviour & Social Networking, 21(1), 56-64
  • Robertson, J., Chadwick, D.D., Baines, S., Emerson, E. & Hatton, C. (2018). People with intellectual disabilities and dysphagia. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40, 11, 1345-1360 
  • Chadwick, D. D. Dysphagia Management for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Practitioner Identified Processes, Barriers and Solutions. Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 14(4), 319-331
  • Seale, J., & Chadwick, D. (2017). How does risk mediate the ability of adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live a normal life by using the Internet?. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 11(1), article 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.5817/CP2017-1-2 
  • Robertson, J., Hatton, C., Chadwick, D.D., Baines, S. & Emerson, E. (2017). Prevalence of dysphagia in people with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 55(6), 377-391
  • Chadwick, D.D., Brewster, S. Karakatsani, E., McFeeters, D., Scott, D., Tilly, L. Welsh, M., Westwood, L., Dudley Voices for Choice, Friends 2 Friends Lichfield and Building Bridges Training. (2017). Getting Involved in the Election 2015: Research Project Report. The University of Wolverhampton 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.
  • 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.

 

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

Steering group

Dr Stephanie Brewster

 

Dr Darren Chadwick 

Dr Liz Tilly

Lynne Westwood

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

If you would like to work with us as a group please email to one of the members of the steering committee and we will take it to the next meeting.

Our partners

  • SUCCESS
  • Friends to Friends
  • Dudley Voices for Choice
  • Building Bridges

Current Projects

  • The risks and benefits of being online and having a learning disability. Darren Chadwick (with Chris Fullwood and Caroline Wesson)
  • 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.

Doctoral Projects

  • Supporting the political engagement of people with learning disabilities supervised by Nicholas Manktelow
  • Anita Z Goldschmied: Rendering the invisible visible: the application of Actor-Network-Theory to hidden dis/abilities supervised by Dr William Pawlett, Prof. Meena Dhanda, Dr Dean-David Holyoake