Opportunities - Digital storytelling: An intervention model for inclusion and capacity building among youth with developmental disabilities

Digital storytelling: An intervention model for inclusion and capacity building among youth with developmental disabilities

Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

 

Background

The Youth Digital Storytelling research study is currently recruiting both peer facilitators and participants with developmental disabilities across Canada who are facing potential life transitions in the areas of school, work or living. This study is led by Dr. Kathleen Sitter in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary and aims to create, implement and assess a peer-based online digital storytelling workshop for youth (ages 18-30) who self-identify as having a developmental disability (behaviour, cognitive, social or emotional challenge) and will be experiencing a potential transition in education, work, and/or community living in the next 12-24 months. Digital storytelling allows young people to make short films, learn video editing, audio and visual skills, and tell a story about a personal experience. No previous technical skills are needed. There are two ways to participate in this project.

 

Eligible peer faciliators are those who:

  • Are between the ages of 18-30
  • Self-identify as having a developmental disability (behaviour, cognitive, social or emotional challenge)
  • Are enrolled in a full-time or post-secondary Canadian institution

 

Eligible participants are those who:

  • Are between the ages of 18-30
  • Self-identify as having a developmental disability (behaviour, cognitive, social or emotional challenge)
  • Are facing a potential transition in education, work and/or community living in the next 12-24 months

 

Digital storytelling workshops are taking place via the Zoom platform and will be conducted from August 2021-January 2022. If anyone is interested they can connect with us at:

youthdigitalstories@gmail.com

 

We are also on social media:

Twitter: @youthdigitalst1 

IG:@youthdigitalstories

Facebook: @youthdigitalstories   

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Eligible peer facilitators and participants will be invited to attend a series of online workshops over a two-week period where they will learn video editing, audio and multimedia skills. They will have the opportunity to create their own short film (3-6 minute digital story). This includes developing a script, selecting images/photos, recording the audio and including music using an online video editing program.

Youth will be invited to share their stories of navigating life transitions as a young person with a developmental disability, and to connect with other young people during the workshops. They will have one-to-one support to create their digital stories from peer facilitators (other youth with developmental disabilities) and research staff during the workshops. They will be asked to complete surveys before, immediately after, and 3 months after the workshop. This will help to understand the impact of the workshops on communication, literacy and multimedia skills.

If requested, parents/caregivers can support participants during the workshops however they will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

 

Time Commitment

The workshop series will take place over Zoom between August 2021 and January 2022.

Peer facilitator workshops include six 2-hour online sessions over a two week period and participant workshops include five 2-hour online workshops over a two week period.

 

Reimbursement/Compensation

In addition to the no-cost digital storytelling workshops, participants will receive a $25 honorarium for completing the workshops and three surveys.

Peer facilitators will have the option of facilitating digital storytelling workshops for other youth with developmental disabilities (after attending a series of training workshops) and will be compensated $250 at the end of each workshop they facilitate.

 

For more information or to apply, please connect with:

Dr. Kathleen Sitter

youthdigitalstories@gmail.com

403.220.4573