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Researching the lives of disabled children and young people

Stalker, Kirsten (2012) Researching the lives of disabled children and young people. Children and Society, 26 (3). pp. 173-180. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

Why a Special Issue of Children & Society dedicated to disabled children and young people? The simple answer to that question is ‘because disabled children are children first and foremost’. The vast majority of disabled children and young people in the western world live at home with their families, most attending mainstream schools, and disabled children and young people worldwide have rights to inclusion and equal treatment enshrined in national legislation and international conventions. Yet they often remain left out – from generic children’s research, from policy-making about children’s services and, in their everyday lives, from inclusion in friendship groups and social and sporting activities.