Clare Inclusive Research Group

C.I.R.G. came about following work by Prof Kelley Johnson when she was engaged by Trinity College on a Marie Curie Trust position. In it she was promoting the idea of people with a learning disability being researchers into their own lives and the services they receive.

Since employing a part time Research Self Advocacy and Communications Officer, Rob Hopkins, in March 2008 the group have embarked on a series of researcher instigated and led projects. They are part of the I.R.N. (Irish Research Network) making film, drama and powerpoint presentations at the nationwide Galway Gathering in July 2009. They also are partner researchers with Trinity College’s N.I.I.D (National Institute of Intellectual Disability)’s “All We Want To Say” Project promoting views over a range of issues of concern.

The Clare Inclusive Research Group is the research arm of the Clare Advocacy Platform undertaking their own research projects and also projects through their affiliation to the national forum of learning disability researchers known as the Inclusive Research Network. CIRG reviewed self advocacy around the County and produced a best practice guide and statement of recommendations – The Clare Self Advocacy Review 2013

Members are currently delivering training for trainers in Dublin Kilkenny and along the western seaboard called The Self Advocacy Guide to HIQA through a commission from Inclusion Ireland.  Clare inclusive researchers have also been decimating their self advocacy research findings through an interactive workshop formatSelf Advocacy Research.

It is possible to book a diverse range of presentations by emailing inclusive research and self advocacy coordinator Rob Hopkins

C.I.R.G. 2010 Research Plan