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ERIC Number: EJ840697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
People with a Learning Disability as Trainers: Evaluation of a Values Based Pilot Training Programme
Black, Lesley-Ann; Roberts, Paul
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v37 n2 p129-137 Jun 2009
This article presents the findings of an independent evaluation of a pilot project in Northern Ireland called "Telling it like it is!" (TILII) conducted over a 2 year timeframe (2005-2007). Seven people with a learning disability were recruited and trained as TILII trainers. With the help of a project facilitator, they designed and presented a values based training programme for staff working in learning disability services. For the purposes of this evaluation, 12 training sessions were evaluated by 119 course recipients who completed feedback forms at the end of the training session they attended. Comments were documented qualitatively and responses were thematically categorised. In addition, semi-structured interviews were conducted with the TILII trainers. Eight course participants also participated in semi-structured interviews. Findings clearly demonstrate that the trainer role has had a positive impact on the trainers; empowering them to become self-advocates and increasing their confidence and interpersonal skills. Course recipients reported that the training was an effective tool for gaining a better understanding of people with learning disability's perspective of their own needs and wishes, and highlighted the values that staff should demonstrate in their work. Additional follow-up evaluation to assess the long-term impact of this training in practice is needed, however it is hoped that more projects of this nature will be adopted in the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)