The Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes of Disabled Young People in England Project, at the University of Warwick, is looking for Year 11 students with autism, cerebral palsy, or dyslexia to take part in a three-year research project.

The aim of the project is to explore the factors that lead to disability inequalities in educational and occupational attainment in England.

There is increasing awareness surrounding the social barriers that prevent disabled young people from fulfilling their potential. Yet, the vast majority of existing research relies on information provided by parents and teachers. Disabled young people are rarely given a voice in research. This is due to long-standing assumptions about the ability of young people to take part in research studies and discuss their conditions/disabilities.

The project challenges this assumption. It wants to hear young people’s views about their experiences of disability and schooling, and their plans and aspirations for the future.

The study will focus on students in mainstream schools. All interviews will be tailored to the individual needs and preferences of participants and their families. For each completed interview, participants will receive a £20 Love-to-Shop voucher.

To take part or find out more, please get in touch with Dr Angharad Butler-Rees at [email protected].