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SOLID is a community of researchers and others at, or connected to, the University of Brighton School of Sport and Health Sciences. 

We are passionate about research and knowledge exchange that empowers people with learning/ intellectual disabilities to have good lives. Our particular concerns are people’s occupational lives, what they do, how they spend their time and how their meaningful engagement in occupation and activity can be effectively supported.

Many of us are occupational therapists and occupational therapy lecturers, researchers and students, though we collaborate widely with anyone who shares our passion.  This naturally includes coproduction with people with learning/ intellectual disabilities and their families.

In this SOLID blog, you can meet us, find out about our high-quality research and knowledge exchange projects and the real world impacts of this activity.  You will also find links to our publications and to wider resources. 

This blog will evolve dynamically to allow us to network and keep abreast of contemporary news and issues related to people's engagement in occupation.

Our Mission

To empower people with learning/ intellectual disabilities to have good occupational lives through high-quality, transformative research and knowledge exchange activity that generates new knowledge, addresses occupational injustices and makes a difference in the world.

Our Vision

A diverse, dynamic and creative community of researchers and others creating knowledge that makes a real difference to the occupational lives of people with learning/ intellectual disabilities.

Our Values

We value:

  • anti-discriminatory, mutually respectful and collaborative approaches that embrace diversity and equity and foster inclusion, belonging and occupational justice.
  • sustainable, collaborative and co-creative approaches to research and knowledge exchange. 
  • the contributions of all.
  • transparency and integrity. 
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