It is now well established that there is significant unmet legal need for accessible legal information about common legal problems. Learning disability, and low literacy in particular, can make people accessing legal services more vulnerable.
Professor Rosie Harding (the University of Birmingham) together with her project partners are seeking legal professionals (including solicitors, barristers, paralegals and legal executives) to take part in a new co-production research project about accessible legal information. As the focus is on the law in England & Wales, the project is looking for those qualified and working in this jurisdiction.
The aim of this project is to bring together legal professionals and people with learning disabilities, facilitated by researchers to co-produce accessible legal information on common legal topics and provide a model for ethical co-production with disabled people. Co-production involves working together across different groups.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Create a co-production group of people with learning disabilities and legal professionals;
- Co-produce a set of easy read materials to support ethical research practice in co-production work with disabled people;
- Co-produce useable accessible legal information that aligns with the priorities of people with learning disabilities and legal service providers;
- Evaluate and reflect on the process of co-production to support future ethical, egalitarian and effective legal research.
Participation will involve attendance at up to three co-production workshops in 2023-2024. You can find out more about the project, and how to take part here.