Rix Research explores the new opportunities presented by a rapidly evolving digital world to improve people’s lives. Our research projects are coupled with programmes of work to create the tools and resources required to translate our findings into practical benefits.
“The Wiki is pushing the boundaries of what people can and can’t do. It is pushing the boundaries of involving people in their own care and being able to advocate for themselves and what their needs are. We need to push those boundaries, be more inclusive and Wikis are the vehicle that is going to do that.”
Waldo Roeg, Recovery College
We use a co-development approach, using action research to work in partnership with individuals and organisations. We work with people with learning disabilities, their support teams and the organisations involved in their education, health and care. Together, we have developed accessible software to help people of all abilities to enjoy the benefits that digital communication tools can bring. Our work has broadened to include other groups such as people with mental health concerns and dementia.
Our special interest is in improving self-advocacy and communication with today’s digital media tools. The Rix Centre’s multi-media advocacy approach explores how the making and sharing of media content can help individuals to organise their thoughts, articulate their views and influence change. We explore how multimedia advocacy can help people gain choice and control in their individual lives and build their independence as well as take an active part in reshaping their communities to be more inclusive.
We work with organisations to address the cultural change that is required to embrace these new tools and practices and include people with disabilities more effectively.