The RIX Wiki is a uniquely accessible, web-based multimedia communication & planning tool developed by RIX Research & Media at the University of East London. RIX Wikis have been developed with and for people with learning disabilities, their families, carers, and support professionals.
The RIX Wiki and our range of accompanying training courses and workshops embed our Multimedia Advocacy approach. They are an effective and genuinely person-centred tool that can be used for Education, Health & Care Planning, Support Planning, Transition Planning, Preparing for Adulthood and other types of personal planning.
What is a Wiki?
Wikis are simple, accessible, secure and easy to build personal websites. They can be used to create multimedia person-centred plans that use pictures, words, video and sound to capture the voice, skills, aspirations and needs of the individual.
Wikis give ownership of the planning process to individuals and families, facilitating genuine collaboration between parents, teachers and professionals. RIX Wikis can also be used as public websites to provide information about the Local Offer in a simple, accessible online format.
Our partnerships with special schools, academies, leading service providers, local authorities and families across the UK have shown that our Multimedia Advocacy approach and RIX Wikis can be used to create really good person-centred plans for individuals with learning disabilities.
These plans are built around the individual and what they need, whether a curriculum vitae, a health action plan, a support plan or a record of achievements. RIX Wikis are being used effectively for:
Our work, including trials and impact studies, has produced genuinely positive outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and their families and care professionals.
- Enhanced collaboration
- Enriched communication
- Greater independence
- Increased self-advocacy
- Better engagement
- Boosted self-confidence
Wikis offer a method for children with complex needs to explain some of those complexities in their own way, to record their needs and just do it once
Eleanor Tweedie, Head of School
We’re not just here to teach the academic learning but also trying to develop them as individuals and have an extra-curricular focus, helping them take responsibility for their own futures.
Julie Overend, Ward Teacher
Multimedia Advocacy and RIX Wikis have now been adopted by around ten Local Authorities and over 100 schools and organisations in the UK, EU, US and Australia to embed person-centred approaches.
These services and organisations are actively working with RIX Wikis to support individuals with special educational needs and disabilities to live the lives that they want to lead.