Dee MacDonald, Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Science, is working with staff and service users of Grace Eyre, the Sussex organisation supporting people with learning disabilities to make independent choices.
A service user who is confident using buses was recruited, Becky Ellis. Dee supported Becky to make a film about her bus use, within which she identifies the benefits and challenges she encounters.
Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company are supporting the research and have welcomed the film for raising important issues. It will be used in future staff training.
Ms MacDonald said: “The research links to similar work being carried out in Canada by McMaster University, where a film has been produced about adults with learning disabilities engagement with their local communities and associated benefits and challenges.”
From left to right: Victoria Garcia; David Matthews, Grace Eyre Regional Manager; Eva Eriksson, Grace Eyre Chief Executive; Mayor of Brighton and Hove Lynda Hyde; Becky Ellis; Dr Lesley Murray, university Senior Lecturer, Dee MacDonald, Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Buses.