Photovoice: A Tour Through the Camera Lens of Self-Advocates

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kimberly Miller, AP Assistant Professor and Research Associate (Creator)
Lindsey Ruth Oakes (Creator)
Stuart J. Schleien, Professor & Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Photovoice is a creative form of Participatory Action Research (PAR) that empowers underrepresented groups from the community to become the actual researchers and instigate change. Seven individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (ID/DD) were given the opportunity to document their lives through the use of photography. After creating critical dialogue within individual and group discussions, the photographers developed impactful exhibitions to share with close friends and family, as well as the broader community. The goal of this Photovoice program was to change perspectives and promote sustainable systems change toward a more socially inclusive community. While the participants collectively contributed to the six primary themes that supported the need for social inclusion, one photographer provided the reader with a tour through his camera lens as a self-advocate who was yearning to be respected as an adult. When it comes to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, we are not the experts. Photovoice has begun to empower these experts with ID/DD and make way for their knowledgeable and relevant opinions.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
developmental disability, independent living, intellectual disability, Photovoice, self-advocacy

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