e-learning a natural for those with Learning Disabilities

by | Oct 5, 2010 | Articles

Winner of the Silver Award in the ‘Excellence in the Production of Learning Content – Not for Profit Sector’, this case study describes how the FPA (Family Planning Association in Northern Ireland), developed ‘All About Us’ – an interactive educational resource designed to improve access to appropriate structured information on sexual health and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities through the use of a simple, effective interactive learning tool.

As a result of a 3 year research project with the School of Nursing at the University of Ulster, the FPA certainly did their homework. They found that the lack of accessible information on sexual health and relationships contributes to a major problem for people with learning disabilities. They do not have the same opportunities to form friendships and relationships as those who do not have a disability. Many lead lonely lives and this inevitably has an affect on their health and wellbeing and they continue to be one of the most disadvantaged groups in society. Throughout the three years of the research, people with learning disabilities, family carers, professionals and front line staff were highly critical of the dearth of resources on sexual health and relationships for people with learning disabilities.

The production of the All about us CD-ROM was designed to address this identified lack of resources and has ultimately helped to empower people with learning disabilities and challenge their social exclusion.

Top Tips from this story include:

Use available research to help you understand your audience style and preferences and design appropriate programmes. If no research is available, do your own!
Continually seek feedback from all stakeholders and make changes as and where appropriate.
Recognise that no audience is unreachable with e-learning

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