Youth researchers with disabilities conduct research on adolescent wellbeing
Youth researchers with disabilities in Nepal conduct research on adolescent well-being - lessons learnt!
The new Global Sustainable Development goals pledge that ‘no-one will be left behind’, and the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) indicates that adolescents with disabilities one of these key marginal groups that could be left behind. Clearly there is a need for a better understanding of the life course of adolescents with disabilities.
This seminar will share findings from a recent participatory research project in Nepal which explored what adolescents with disabilities consider important for their well-being.
We wanted to embrace and operationalise the concept of ‘nothing about us without us’ adopting a rights-based approach which involves young people with disabilities in all aspects of the research process. This included the training of a group of youth with disabilities as researchers. The seminar will share lesson learnt from the process of training and supporting the youth research associates on their journey- both successes and challenges.
Maria Zuurmond is a Research Fellow on the International Centre for Evidence and Disability at LSHTM. She has more than 25 years working in International Development, in both the NGO and academic settings. Her interest is in research with children and young people, and using participatory approaches.