ResultsinHealth together with UNiTED Projects and Karijn Kakebeeke Consultancy conducted an assessment using the photovoice method. The method was used as an advocacy tool to voice the concerns of people living with disabilities (PLWD) and express their situation to fellow community members and authorities with the aim of opening the discussion for more and better support for PLWD.
Since 2016 UNiTED has implemented the community led support group for people living with disabilities (PLWD). The project is aimed to empower PLWD by educating surrounding community members on disabilities and the resources available for them, the final goal being inclusion for PLWD. Often people with disabilities encounter difficulties in helping the able-bodied population to understand issues faced by persons with disability in the community. Photovoice is a group analysis method often affiliated with participatory action research (PAR) that places cameras in the hands of “everyday” people. The photovoice method records the views of people living and coping with disability from their own point of view, thereby potentially acting as advocates for change in their communities. The resulting photographs provide evidence of life as experienced by the photographers and are a means to share their knowledge and experiences with others. With the photographs UNiTED aimed to educate the public, as well as those who have the political power to make changes in our communities.