ORIGINAL ARTICLE: ‘My memory’s back!’ Inclusive learning disability research using ethics, oral history and digital storytelling
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2010
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 160–167, September 2010
How to Cite
Manning, C. (2010), ORIGINAL ARTICLE: ‘My memory’s back!’ Inclusive learning disability research using ethics, oral history and digital storytelling. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 38: 160–167. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2009.00567.x
- Issue published online: 19 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 19 AUG 2010
- digital media;
- learning (intellectual) disabilities
- •This article is about how people with learning disabilities helped to produce a history about Australia’s oldest and largest purpose-built institution for people with learning disabilities, Kew Cottages.
- •The study uses oral history to empower people with learning disabilities to tell their stories in their own words.
- •I believe that it is important for oral histories to be accessible for people with learning disabilities. So I used a new form of history-making, digital storytelling/histories, to produce a DVD using text, sounds and images.
- •This research is important for people with learning disabilities because it explains how traditional oral history techniques can be used with new media technology to create collaborative, meaningful and accessible publications.
The following article outlines the methodological approach used to include people with learning disabilities as active participants in an oral history produced in Australia. The history sought to document life inside Kew Cottages, Australia’s oldest and largest specialised institution for people with learning disabilities. This work furthers existing research being conducted with people with learning disabilities in the fields of oral history and life history. The article explores: research ethics, the value of oral history and the positive benefits for inclusive learning disability research using digital storytelling/histories.