RIX Research & Media explores and develops ways of using new technologies to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities.
We are an international R&D centre, based at the University of East London. For over 15 years, we have produced and piloted software, working methods and different ways to use new media for inclusion.
We pilot innovative programmes of work with our neighbours in East London and then share models of good practice nationally and internationally, working with leading education, health and care provider organisations and government agencies.
Pioneering research projects, in partnership with thousands of individuals with learning disabilities, their families and supporters, have enabled us to develop a unique Multimedia Advocacy approach to person-centred planning. Multimedia Advocacy enables people with learning disabilities to use self-made media to take greater control of their own lives and challenge their social exclusion.
We have developed specific tools and training – the RIX Wiki and Wiki courses – which embed this Multimedia Advocacy approach and are proving very successful for person-centred planning in a wide range of settings.
RIX ® has an unwavering commitment to person-centred working and the promotion of self-advocacy for people with disabilities is at the heart of our approach. RIX ® was established in 2001 as a charity, based at the University of East London, and our patron (and namesake) is Lord Brian Rix, who was Chancellor of the university for 17 years.
Lord Rix has been a great champion for the cause of people with learning disabilities. His much-loved daughter, Shelley, was born in 1951 with Down Syndrome. Appalled by the advice that he and his wife, Elspet, were given, to ‘put her away, forget her, start again’, Lord Rix has fought for the rights of people with learning disabilities in public and policy circles. He is a life-long campaigner, organising and fundraising tirelessly to promote significant changes in attitude and support provision for this community.
Since 2001, and building on Lord Rix’s legacy, RIX ® has explored and developed ways of using new technologies to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities. We have done this in partnership with thousands of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. Pioneering research projects across the fields of education, health and social care mean that we have become leaders in the field of new media and inclusion.