The purpose of this research project is to gather insight into the lived experiences of adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research should address issues related to the social isolation, mental health, and overall quality of life for persons with IDD living in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic are identified.
The research project is centered around a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach to ensure that the research project is based on the true experiences of the participants. The methodology being adopted is Photovoice, which will ensure that participants of all abilities are able to engage in the research. Using photographs and journaling as the mediums through which participants convey their experience, as well as individual and group discussions ensures that the researchers can capture an accurate representation of the collective voice for this population.
The results of this research project will help increase our understanding of the lives of adults with IDD during a global pandemic. Additionally, the research will help to find areas of strength and resilience, as well as barriers and challenges that need to be addressed at a larger, community level through changes to policy and practice.