Open Eye: New study pack puts people first
Tuesday 06 July 1999
That was the challenge facing a joint team from the Open University and Mencap when they visited Iceland to run a training course in using the OU study pack Learning Disability: Working as Equal People.
However, within the group comprising people with learning disabilities and non-disabled people, there was agreement about many of the issues facing them.
How to work together effectively, and how to be heard, were preoccupations on both sides of the North Sea.
Extending the 'working as equal people' principle right through to delivering the course, highlighted attitudinal differences.
"It is probably true in a lot of Western Europe that there is a more didactic view of teaching, while Equal People is intended to be participatory, not prescriptive," explained course team leader Jan Walmsley.
"What we observed was that the participants from the Icelandic self-advocacy group were the most able to adapt to the open learning concept.
"Their enthusiasm for the opportunity to demonstrate that they can do something that is new to them, and their excitement about being in a leadership role in the use of the course, were what made the visit rewarding for me."
Denmark is the other partner in this European-funded project to promote Equal People for vocational training across the three countries.
The course was put together by a team which, for the first time in the OU's history, included people with learning disabilities from the self- advocacy group People First, working alongside academics and Mencap.
On the other side of the world, the State of Victoria has recently awarded a grant to support its adaptation for use in Australia.
Within the next few weeks, an interactive web page for all users of Equal People to exchange views and ask questions will be accessible through the OU's School of Health and Social Welfare site: http://www2.open.ac.uk/SHSW
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
Reach Volunteering: Would you like to volunteer your expertise as Chair of Governors for Livability?
Voluntary and unpaid, reasonable expenses are reimbursable: Reach Volunteering...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + substantial benefits: Ashdown Group: Finance Admin...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Linux Systems Administrat...