Portal:The Science Behind Parkinson's/For People affected by Parkinson's

A wiki for people affected by Parkinson's

If you are person affected by Parkinson's you may find this wiki helpful in a number of ways

You can learn more about the conditionEdit

This wikiversity learning project contains a growing number of pages presenting information in straightforward terms about Parkinson's and what lies behind it

Work through this section if you need a primer for the background concepts before you plunge into Section 1.

How about contributing material?Edit

You can use this project as a satisfying and even therapeutic outlet for skills you may have.

The beauty of a wiki is that you can get involved with its development. And you can start in a small, uncomplicated way and then, if you want to, build up to making more substantial contributions.

You might spot a spelling mistake. Well why not log on and simply correct it? It is good practice and gives you confidence.

It is then easy to move on to making other small changes, such as to correct grammar or to rephrase something to make it more intelligible. Then it takes only a further small step to add a snippet of new information that you have come across and this leads on to making increasingly bigger additions for improving articles for the benefit of other readers.

Are you able to translate complex scientific concepts into straightforward language understandable by non-specialists? You will probably answer "No". But have you tried? A lot of people surprise themselves with what they can do after, for example, someone has asked them to write up a talk they have attended or to summarise an article they have read.

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We are looking to build up a community of contributors to this wiki project because we want to create a globally accessible resource for, especially, people affected by Parkinson's.

So be bold, start small and see what we can achieve together!

You can make small changes or additions anywhere in wikiversity projects. But there are three main things you can help out with in this Parkinson's Science project and these correspond to the two main sections plus the Magazine section of Section 1:

If your main interest is in learning about Parkinson's and the science behind it then Section 2 is probably be the best place for you to start.

You may be reading this Introduction to Parkinson's Science because you are a newcomer to this field. You might find something that does not come across very clearly to you. If so, can you work out how it could be clarified? If so, why not change it there and then or add something in? Maybe you could add a link to material elsewhere on the web that has been helpful to you.

If you don't feel you can do any of these things, you can leave a comment on the associated 'Talk' page by clicking on the 'Discussion' tab at the top left and someone else could provide the necessary improvement.

So go to Introduction to Parkinson's Science and have a browse around. This section is in its early days so a lot more remains to be added. Maybe you can help.

If your interest extends to wanting to find out more about contemporary Parkinson's research, take a look at the introductory page "for Parkinson's research hounds" which focuses on Section 1 and its Magazine Section.

Do join us! Be bold, start small and see what we can achieve together!

Things you can do

Contributing to the Science Behind Parkinson's learning projectEdit

Anyone may contribute material to this learning project. Please create a Wikiversity account first.

Go here for Specific Things You Can Do.

Please go to the Project Development subpage to work with us on how the project should develop.

Please access the project's discussion page to comment on the concepts behind this project.

Help with getting started

Get help with editing here

We are developing a User Guide here

Improve your technical writing skills and techniques here.

Occasionally you may want to upload an image or a file. An uploaded file must not be subject to copyright. Help with uploading files is given here. A text file has to be in .pdf format and is actually stored in the Image section of wikiversity.

A useful glossary of terms relating to Parkinson's is the We Move one: http://www.wemove.org/glossary/

Note that contributors are expected to provide references to back up what they say.[1]

  1. But how do you find your way around and make sense of all that is published? Try some of the publications on the Sense about Science website http://www.senseaboutscience.org/resources.php

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Section 1: Progress and Prospects in Parkinson's Research

Magazine Section

Section 2: Introduction to Parkinson's Science

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