MS Research 2020
Following ten years of independent research 2019 brought the Preventable Harm Project to a conclusion with the publication in November of the Influences and Consequences report and, in December, of a research paper published by the Journal of Public Mental Health. Having spent ten years conducting independent research, without academic status, being published by an academic journal for the conclusion of the project was very satisfying.
Whilst the research has reached a natural conclusion it is my intention to promote it, and to raise awareness of the implications of the research findings. Being published in academic texts helps, and being invited to provide a chapter for the new Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism was an unexpected pleasure.
Ten years ago, when this research began, little did I realise I would one day be invited to speak at academic seminars, write chapters for academic texts and write articles for academic journals. Having made myself familiar with the significance of academic research, it is now time for academics to be better aware of independent research undertaken within the disabled community, and that will be the ambition of my next book.