International Day of People with Disability

Research Articles

As a part of Western's celebration of International Day of People with Disability this week, we are showcasing some of the great research taking place in the Disability space here at Western.  Researchers at Western are leaders in creating meaningful research for and with people with disability. Here we feature three case study exemplars.

Researchers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery have pioneered standards for practice in nursing to enhance the health and wellbeing of people who have intellectual and developmental disability and inform nursing and community expectations of this specialty area of nursing practice.

Opoku, M. P., Nketsia, W., Odame, L & Agyei‐Okyere, E. (2021). Predictors of the Attitudes of Preservice Teachers Toward Teaching Students With Down Syndrome in Regular Schools in Ghana, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

Partnering with international scholars, a School of Education researcher has identified not only the attitudes of pre-service teachers towards teaching students with Down syndrome in Ghana but also the critical factors that predict these attitudes.

Howie, V., Denman, D., Wilson, N.J. & Lewis, P. (2021). Standards for practice in intellectual and developmental disability nursing: A Delphi study. Collegian

Finally,  in close partnership with industry and community organisations, researchers from the School of Health Sciences and School of Education have established emerging evidence about the benefits and implementation of a virtual reality sensory room to improve wellbeing and sensory processing of adults with disability. These exemplars demonstrate the reach and impact of our work and we invite you to partner with our researchers.

Mills, C., & Tracey, D. K. (2021). Exploring the Benefits of the Evenness Virtual Reality-Based Sensory Room

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