All our services are based on sound research that demonstrates and supports the need and usefulness of our services and work.
Each of our services has research behind it to demonstrate what we do and why we do it.
Disability in Cornwall: Remembering and Reflecting
This project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran for 18 months and finished in June 2014. We interviewed 20 disabled people in Cornwall about their lives, to hear their experiences of living in Cornwall, and to find out whether things have changed for them. At the end of the project we edited these interviews into a series of shorter ‘edits’, which, with 5 full-length interviews, are held in the following county records offices:
This is the first time that the voices of disabled people have been archived in this way and will provide new research materials for present and future archivists in Cornwall and further afield. We have not found any similar projects elsewhere in the UK, and think this is a unique project.
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Cornwall Disability Research Network
We created the Cornwall Disability Research Network in 2006 with a range of partners. The purpose of the network is to provide a forum to share research skills and expertise in Cornwall among like-minded people. Our key partner in this is Cornwall College, with whom we hold an annual event in October. This brings together researchers from across the UK and further afield to share their research on a range of topics.
Our key research focus is based on ideas around disability and rurality. This is an under researched and under theorised research topic. Most other disability research centres in the UK, and across the world, are based in urban university settings. Our project breaks this mould by locating the research activity with disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, and therefore outside of academia.
How our work has made a difference
The National Adult Social Care (NASCIS) data research and the 'Numbers of disabled people in Cornwall' research has informed our lobbying and campaigning work, as well as our interactions with Health and Social Care providers in Cornwall.
The History research will be used in an educational way with disability organisations in Cornwall, with colleges, statutory and voluntary sector service providers, with disabled people themselves, and with several Universities across the UK and further afield on their Disability Studies courses.