Zambia has policies in place to ensure the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. However, ineffective implementation has resulted in unequal support and care, with subsequent under-representation in research and publications. Within this context, the aim of the 4-day workshop is to facilitate the development of publications and a virtual community of practice to expand the network of scholars in the field of intellectual disability across the lifespan. A structured programme of knowledge sharing, and mentoring will enhance reviewing and writing publications and the grant writing skills of early career researchers. It will support local learning to extend the current limited evidence base with an important outcome being an increase in new research and resultant publications about people with intellectual disability leading to greater inclusion and challenging stigma. Specific outputs will include a special issue of an international journal collectively developed by attendees and supported by editors and mentors.
Workshop Team: Dr Karen Watchman, University of Stirling; Dr Masauso Chirwa, University of Zambia; Professor Jill Porter, University of Reading; Dr Matthew Janicki, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dr Rhonda Faragher, University of Queensland