The hidden voices of people with PMLD: focusing on meaningful relationships

Thursday 9 December 2021 (16:30-18:00)
Young boy wearing ear defenders
The hidden voices of people with PMLD.

This event aims to raise awareness about a group of people who are rarely represented in disability events and research. Our panellists will explore the perspective of parents, teachers, students, and the wider research community.

There will also be a focus on developing meaningful relationships and the power of music in creating and maintaining them.


Dr Lila Kossyvaki is a lecturer in Severe Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the School of Education. She is also a member of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER). Lila is a chartered psychologist and a SEN teacher. She has a strong interest in school and home-based interventions to promote social communication and play skills in children with autism and learning disabilities. She primarily uses participatory action research designs working in close partnerships with participants in real world settings. Lila has worked on a number of research projects exploring Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in children with autism.

Hayden, young person with PMLD (video-recorded contribution).

Sandra Archibald, mother of a young person with PMLD.

Nicki Quaterman, University of Birmingham, doctoral student.

Julia Barnes, University of Birmingham, doctoral student.

Rosie Rushton, University of Birmingham, doctoral student.

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