Mobile Technology as a Tool to Increase Social Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Seed Funding Project Lead Investigator

Professor Iva Strnadová School of Education, Arts & Social Sciences.

Research Team

Scientia Professor Andrew Martin, Associate Professor Therese Cumming and Dr Joanne Danker School of Education; and Julie Loblinzk Self Advocacy Sydney.

Project Background

Mobile technology has potential to support social inclusion, as well as the self-determination of people with Intellectual Disability; yet, to date, this area has received only limited research attention. While it has been established that people with Intellectual Disability use mobile technology for key areas of life skills development the extent to which mobile technology contributes and/or could contribute to increased social inclusion of this population has not been explored.

Project Aim

The researchers will investigate the use of mobile technology by people with intellectual disabilities, and its capacity to improve their social inclusion e.g., experiencing valued social roles; being recognised as an individual; belonging to a social network.

Interdisciplinary research collaboration and partnership building

This study will be conducted through a collaboration of academics from diverse disciplines (special education, disability studies, educational psychology) and people with intellectual disabilities. The investigation will be conducted using an inclusive research design, with one of the researchers having intellectual disabilities, and with the board of Self-Advocacy Sydney involved in consulting with the researchers throughout the life of this project. In addition to addressing the substantive aims of the project, this collaboration will also strengthen this industry partnership between Self Advocacy Sydney and UNSW Sydney. It will also serve as a pilot study for a larger externally funded research project.

Contact

Email: Professor Iva Strnadová Lead Investigator i.strnadova@unsw.edu.au