Supported by the University of East London, RIX Research and Media is a nationally recognised centre of excellence that has pioneered support through use of multi-media for people with learning disabilities for over ten years. RIX Research is involved in numerous projects including the AHRC grant funded development of a sensory objects project at the British Museum. We were delighted that this work was recognised at the 'Design for All Foundation' International awards in Paris (http://rixresearch.org/portfolio/sensory-objects-project/) Our person-centered ‘Multimedia Advocacy’ approach guides our research and underpins every thing that we do. Innovative co-production work with parents, carers and professionals has led to development of the 'RIX Wiki', simple, accessible, secure and easy to build personal websites. We are proud that our products and research are delivering life-changing impacts for people with disabilities and their families.
RIX Research and Media is a research & development centre at the University of East London that seeks to benefit the lives of people with learning disabilities through the use of multimedia.
The team is lead by Andy Minnion who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to the Education of people with Special Needs.
Wiki products enshrine the Multimedia Advocacy approach that RIX Research and Media has pioneered since its launch as The Rix Centre in 2004.
For over a decade RIX Research and Media has been working together with people with disabilities to research and develop easy build websites, their uses and benefits. This work has resulted in the RIX Wiki, a simple and uniquely accessible web-based tool.
Throughout 2014 RIX Research and Media has worked in partnership with a number of Special Schools, Academies, Service Providers and Local Authorities across the UK to pilot the use of RIX Wikis, in combination with our Multimedia Advocacy training, as a tool for Education, Health and Care Planning and implementing SEND Reform.
This work, which has included trial and impact studies six Local Authorities between 2010 - 14 has produced genuinely positive outcomes for individuals with special educational needs, their families, and professionals.
These outcomes were the basis for wide-scale roll out of Wiki Systems by SEND Pathfinder Champion Nottinghamshire County Council from October 2014.
The response to the Wiki product has been overwhelming, beginning with the opportunity to explore the use of password- protected personal Easy Build Wiki websites as a tool for Person Centred Planning as part of trial and impact studies.
It has become clear that the Rix Research and Media has developed an easy-to-use, accessible way of bringing together the families and professional care network with the person at the centre.
We have achieved this applying the innovative Rix Multimedia Advocacy practices built on the superior insight gained from our collaborative research activities.
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