How to collaborate on producing a life story
Melanie Chapman Research associate, Manchester Learning Disability Partnership
Daniel Docherty Member, Partnership steering group of the learning disabilities studies programme at the University Manchester and a governor at Calderstones NHS Trust
Melanie Chapman and Daniel Docherty describe the sometimes painful process of working together to record Daniel’s life history and discuss the wider benefits of the project
This article draws on Melanie Chapman’s experiences of supporting Daniel Docherty, who has a learning disability and Asperger syndrome, to write his life story. It explains the reasons for, and processes of, collaborating on this in the hope that it will help others contemplating life story work. It also describes some of the issues encountered when working on the life story, such as dealing with sensitive issues and how stories can change over time.
Learning Disability Practice. 14, 5,24-28. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.06.14.5.24.c8561