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‘That’s definite discrimination’: practice under the umbrella of inclusion

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Hyder, E. and Tissot, C. (2013) ‘That’s definite discrimination’: practice under the umbrella of inclusion. Disability and Society, 28 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1360-0508

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.695579

Abstract/Summary

Inclusive practice is well embedded across society and has developed over time. However, although policy and public view have moved forward, the way organisations address the agenda for inclusion often represents a superficial interpretation of this concept. Qualitative data were gathered using new ethnography to explore the experiences of a library-based reading group for visually impaired readers. The voices of the individuals shed light on the individual and collective experience of reading. These insights challenge the traditional views of distinct provision that are designed to address targets for inclusion of individuals with disabilities. We argue for a clearer focus on the unintentional consequences of practice in the name of inclusion that leave individuals feeling marginalised. This paper suggests the alternative focus on social justice as offering a discourse that focuses on society and away from the individual.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Research Network
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Equality, Inclusion and Improvement
ID Code:27901
Uncontrolled Keywords:social justice, reading groups, visual impairment, inclusion
Publisher:Routledge

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