Sector-leading and innovative practice in empowerment and self-advocacy
Part-time learners on special programmes produced multimedia presentations to
illustrate their views, choices and feedback on issues of personal relevance. These
multimedia presentations were a useful tool that promoted empowerment and
self-advocacy in learners. Learners worked with staff to source, produce and collate
a variety of media items which represented the learners’ views and opinions. These
media items included clip art, digital images, audio files, movie files and text.
Learners then selected the files to produce a slide show presentation. The final
product was a CD containing the presentation.
Many of the learners underwent annual review meetings with external support
agencies, such as housing associations and social work departments. This annual
review enabled learners to reflect, and make choices and plans for the forthcoming
year. For some learners this was a daunting experience and many found it difficult
to express their views and opinions at this formal meeting. However, this was made
easier at review meetings when learners used the multimedia presentation’s
audio-visual prompts to reflect on existing options and choices and explore future
options to improve their quality of life.
Learners developed a range of personal skills during the production of the
presentation, including improved ICT skills. External agencies, parents and carers
valued the role the presentation made to improving the confidence and
self-advocacy skills of learners at annual review meetings. Learners also enjoyed
the increased confidence and greater sense of empowerment at being able to
contribute more fully to planning their future.
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