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Children's experiences of disability: pointers to a social model of childhood disability

Connors, Clare and Stalker, Kirsten (2007) Children's experiences of disability: pointers to a social model of childhood disability. Disability and Society, 22 (1). pp. 19-33. ISSN 0968-7599

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    The social model of disability has paid little attention to disabled children, with few attempts to explore how far it provides an adequate explanatory framework for their experiences. This paper reports findings from a two-year study exploring the lived experiences of 26 disabled children aged 7-15. They experienced disability in four ways - in terms of impairment, difference, other people's behaviour towards them, and material barriers. Most young people presented themselves as similar to non-disabled children: it is suggested they may have lacked a positive language with which to discuss difference. It is further argued that Thomas's (1999) social relational model of disability can help inform understandings of children's experiences, with 'barriers to being' having particular significance.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 3939
    Notes: Also published in 'Equality, Participation and Inclusion Diverse Perspectives' (2010), ISBN: 9780415584234 (This is a variant record)
    Keywords: childhood disability, children, disability, Special aspects of education, Child Health. Child health services, Health(social science), Social Sciences(all), Health Professions(all)
    Subjects: Education > Special aspects of education
    Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2007
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 13:58

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