More than a "nice day out" - How to encourage the meaningful participation of people with learning difficulties in disability conferences

Disability Studies in Netherland (DSiN) designed and implemented a ‘Buddy Project’ for a 2013 conference in Amsterdam. The Buddy Project assisted people with learning difficulties in both meaning and language translation. The project was partially successful in increasing participation of people with learning difficulties, but less successful in facilitating mutual exchange of knowledge. If people with learning difficulties had been involved in its design, it would have been more successful, as they would have provided useful suggestions. 

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Fiona Budge, Alice Schippers, Jacqueline Kool, Beatriz Miranda-Galarza, Geert van Hove
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Sky Journal of Educational Research, 2016, 4 (3): 027-034.