How To Participate

  • Are you between 13 and 24 years old?
  • Do you have an intellectual or developmental disability?
  • Do you live in Toronto or Hamilton?
  • Are willing to be videotaped/do you like making videos?

If yes, then you could get involved in a research project. People who communicate in any way are invited to take part!

What is the project about?

We want to know what teens and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities think about some important parts of their lives. We want to know more about:

1)   Their friends and other important people in their life

2)   What things they do in their home, neighbourhood, school or city

3)   How good or not good life is for them

We want to know more about these things so that the people who plan and provide services for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities can do their jobs better.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to take part in three meetings. The meetings will take about an hour and a half. The meetings will be videotaped. There will be two people there who will help prepare you and support you during these meetings. There will be:

1) an interviewer: a person who will talk with you

2) a videographer: a person who will videotape the meetings

During these meetings, you will be asked to:

Meeting #1: The interviewer will meet with you in your home to give you more information about the study and to get to know you a bit better.

Meeting #2: You will meet with the interviewer again. The interviewer will talk with you about the people in your life that are important to you. You will also talk about what activities you like to do. If you want you can show the interviewer the places you go to do activities.

Meeting #3: You will choose a friend or someone who is important to you. The videographer will help you make a video about what you like to do together with your friend.

Will I be paid?

For helping with this project you will get $20.00 after each one of the three meetings. 

Who is doing this project?

The research project is being done by a group of people from 2 Universities and 3 community organizations. Three young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities are also taking part. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Rebecca Renwick from the University of Toronto.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to know more about this project or learn how to get involved, please contact our Project Coordinator at 416-978-1257 or email voices.ofyouth@utoronto.ca.