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Project Capabilities enables adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) to produce self-advocacy videos about their capabilities. The project is built on the capabilities approach developed by Sen (1992) and Nussbaum (2000), which focuses on what people are effectively able to do (Robeyns, 2005), rather than emphasizing limitations or locating disability exclusively in the social environment (Terzi, 2005).
We interviewed eight adults with ID in a process of community integration
using action research methodologies to engage participants to identify capabilities. We filmed the participants speaking about and demonstrating their capabilities. The videos were made publicly available on a moderated forum, and we analyzed participant reactions to the study through a structured interview process. Preliminary results show that self-advocacy videos have the potential to generate feelings of self-efficacy among adults with ID. By celebrating what adults with ID can do, the study encourages community integration. Making the videos available to the public further reduces community stigma.