Models of disability and their effects on children’s lives

Sheehy, Kieron; Budiyanto; Widayati, Sri and Rofiah, Khofidotur (2023). Models of disability and their effects on children’s lives. In: Cooper, Victoria and Tatlow-Golden, Mimi eds. An Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 123–138.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003358855-9

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This chapter discusses how the life opportunities and education of disabled children are influenced by particular ways of thinking about disability. It examines the historical background to this situation, highlighting some international agreements that aim to make all children’s lives better. This is followed by a discussion of different ways of thinking about children’s lives using models of disability and how these affect our perceptions and, consequently, impact on children’s lives.

The chapter then introduces a teaching approach developed by the authors that draws on one model of disability to begin to address the exclusion of disabled Indonesian children from kindergarten education. Finally, there is a discussion of why new models might be needed and where an inspiration for a different way of thinking might come from.

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