Conducting participatory photography with children with disabilities: a literature review

<p><b>Purpose:</b> This review summarized studies that used participatory photography with children with disabilities, including those with communication impairments, and described modifications made to the methodology to facilitate their participation in qualitative research.</p> <p><b>Methods:</b> In the fall of 2016, we searched Psycinfo (OVID), ERIC, CINAHL and Web of Science to identify studies that used participatory photography with children with disabilities. The search was repeated in January 2018 to retrieve any new publications. The first author extracted data that described the characteristics of each study and the modifications used.</p> <p><b>Results:</b> Of the 258 articles identified, 19 met inclusion criteria. Participants ranged from 4–21 years old and had a variety of disabilities. Study topics included education, leisure activities and adulthood. Researchers modified participatory photography to enhance accessibility by: modifying cameras; providing individual training; teaching consent through role play; allowing children to direct adults to take photographs; including additional forms of media; using diaries and questionnaires; providing individual interviews with simplified questions; using multiple forms of communication; and modifying how photographs are shared.</p> <p><b>Conclusions:</b> Participatory photography can be an effective method for studying the lived experiences of children with disabilities, particularly those with communication impairments. Methodological modifications can enhance the accessibility of this approach for this population.Implications for Rehabilitation</p><p>Participatory photography may be an effective qualitative research method for learning about the perspectives and experiences of children with disabilities on a wide array of topics.</p><p>There are many specific modifications that researchers can use to support the inclusion of children with disabilities in participatory photography research.</p><p>The findings of studies that use participatory photography methodology may provide rehabilitation professionals with important insights into the lives of children with disabilities.</p><p></p> <p>Participatory photography may be an effective qualitative research method for learning about the perspectives and experiences of children with disabilities on a wide array of topics.</p> <p>There are many specific modifications that researchers can use to support the inclusion of children with disabilities in participatory photography research.</p> <p>The findings of studies that use participatory photography methodology may provide rehabilitation professionals with important insights into the lives of children with disabilities.</p>