Consent for those who cannot sign

We have received a video recording of an oral history conducted with a parapalegic gentleman who cannot sign a consent form or write out his restriction instructions.  I checked the video, and the volunteers conducting the interview did not record his verbal consent or his restriction instructions on camera.

In a situation like this, should we ask that his power of attorney complete and sign the consent form on the narrator's behalf? Or is there another approach? What is best practice in these circumstances?

I appreciate the advice of experts such as yourselves.

CFP. Ask First: Creating a Culture of Consent (Deadline Sun July 31)

Call for Papers
AskFirst: A Symposium on Creating a Culture of Consent
The University of Calgary
Women’s Studies Program and the Women’s Resource Centre
October 14-16, 2016
Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Alan McKee
Associate Dean (Research and Development)
University of Technology Sydney

Oral History Releases and Restrictions

We have thought long and hard about this issue at the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony and our policy is to put interviews for which we do not have the narrator's consent to archive behind a restricted, password-protected wall. Interested researchers can write us for a password, and, as in any archives, must sign a confidentiality agreement to anonymize the subjects of the interviews.

We are in the final stages of revising our website so unfortunately you won't be able to see just how this will work for a couple of weeks yet.

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