What skills do Disabled People have?

20 September 2023

Disabled Researcher, Abby Moses, is looking for participants for her study at Durham University.

You can download an Easy Read version here: Disabled People’s skills study- Easy Read

Abby, is sat in front of a plain background. She is smiling into the camera. Her hair is loose and wavy. She is wearing a grey cardigan and patterned glasses.

Abby Moses, Researcher

Hi, my name is Abby, and I am a Disabled researcher doing a study on what skills Disabled People have.

When I first started using a walking stick, I remember thinking “Wow nobody talks about how much skill it takes to learn how to use this!”. I thought if only non-disabled people knew the complex skills we use in our daily routines.

Usually in the media, we are only shown skills by Disabled People if they meet an incredibly high standard. However, the day-to-day skills we develop to deal with issues like inaccessible buildings or lack of support aren’t highlighted.

This study aims to celebrate Disabled People’s skills and show them in a positive light. It will highlight that Disabled People do things in their own way and just because it is different to how non-disabled people do things, doesn’t make it any less skilled. The results of the study will be used in a campaign with Difference North-East.

I want to find out what skills you have developed as a Disabled Person. This could be through everyday tasks, work, school, social activities and hobbies. Also, what skills you have developed using software, assistive technology or aids.

If you are interested in taking part, please read below:

  • Participation is one 90-minute interview via Zoom with Abby. You can leave at any time and take breaks as you need.
  • You will receive a £15 Amazon gift card for taking part.
  • Participants must be over the age of 18 and identify as having a disability/impairment.

Please contact disabilityresearchdurham@gmail.com if you are interested and have any questions about the study.