Academics and education

Breakthrough has worked with many academics and education institutions over the years, both on research into the inclusion and equal participation of disabled people and on evaluations of the effectiveness of our approach. Recently, we worked with Manchester Metropolitan University on a project about the meaning of value in the lives of disabled people:

We currently have three student researchers working closely with Breakthrough, either on placement or on research projects.

We have delivered Disability Equality Action training to academic staff at several universities in the North West and beyond.

Please get in touch if you require information or would like our assistance to reach disabled people for your research project.

Current research projects seeking participants:

Disabled People, Work and SMEs

I am Cara Williams, a student researcher at Lancaster University. I would like you to take part in a research study about disabled people who work in small and medium size businesses. I use the “social model of disability” in my research to support the rights and aspirations of disabled people.

I would like to find out about the support you received to find work.

I am also interested to hear about the support you receive now you are in work and your experience of work.

This information will help me to find out what works well and what can be improved. It is very important to hear your view.

What happens in the study?

If you decide to take part, this would involve either meeting up with you to talk about your experiences face to face or we could talk over the telephone or Skype.

The conversation will last less than an hour and is likely to be in May, June or July 2018.

You can decide where you would like to meet me, but a good idea might be to meet at your place of work or another public place. You will be paid up to £10 for your travel costs.

If you would like to take part in the study, please get in touch with Cara at or contact us.

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