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Understanding disability with children's social capital

Allan, Julie and Smyth, Geri and I'Anson, John and Mott, Jane (2009) Understanding disability with children's social capital. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 9 (2). pp. 115-121. ISSN 1471-3802

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Abstract

This paper reports on a specific event which attempted to facilitate discussions with children and young people about diversity issues, including disability. The concept of social capital was operationalised and used as both a resource to stimulate discussions and as an explicit goal. The paper first reports on the processes involved and the topics identified for discussion by the children and young people and then considers their engagement with disability. Their insights on knowing disability, relationships, and provision and support illustrate a shift from an essentialising of impairment to an articulation of barriers which excluded disabled people and the lessons which teachers might take from these are discussed.