Miss Fiona Clements, Dr Darren Chadwick and Dr Lisa J Orchard from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) write:
We are conducting some research to investigate the experiences of online negative comments and communication for adults with an intellectual and/or developmental disability.
We are looking to talk to adults in the UK aged 18 and over, who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability and who have used the Internet in the past or currently use the Internet. We are hoping to use this information to develop support materials with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their carers to support people to manage negative online communication.
We are writing to ask if you know any people in your organisation who might like to participate or if your organisation would like to collaborate with us on this research. The study aims to work collaboratively with persons with intellectual disabilities to develop some resources including an assessment tool and intervention to build online resilience to negative online experiences, so that they may get the benefit of positive online experiences as part of digital inclusivity.
As part of the work, we would be able to offer a presentation about the study to your organisation before recruitment, providing more information about the study and to answer any questions. After the study is complete, we would again offer a presentation to share the findings should you be able to facilitate in the recruitment and persons are indeed recruited from your organisation.