Photovoice creates a space where people with intellectual disabilities can meaningfully participate and exert control in the research process, and as such is an empowering experience. As a participatory research approach, photovoice is accessible and offers the opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to develop new skills, confidence and experience inclusiveness on their own terms.
After receiving a briefing on the research project, participants take pictures to express their ideas on the topic. Participants later select some of the pictures which will be used in a group discussion focussing on why participants chose the images, what they mean for them and what they think about the other participants’ pictures. The discussions are recorded and transcribed to be used in the research project.
Definition from Kate Povee, Brian J. Bishop & Lynne D. Roberts (2014): The use of photovoice with people with intellectual disabilities: reflections, challenges and opportunities, Disability & Society, 29:6, 893-907.