Belonging for People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities
Pushing the Boundaries of Inclusion
This book pushes the boundaries in the way we approach people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, and in how we work with them in education and research. While it is grounded in diverse theoretical frameworks and disciplines, the book coheres around a commitment to seeing people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities as equal citizens who belong in our classrooms, research projects and community lives.
Each section covers policy contexts, key ideas and recent research. Featuring contributions from around the world, the book incorporates established and new voices, different disciplines and experiences. Additionally, it includes pieces from family members of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Divided into three parts, the book explores three main topics:
- Belonging in education
- Belonging in research
- Belonging in communities
Belonging for People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities is an invaluable resource for scholars, professionals and postgraduate research students with an interest in children or adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.
Table of Contents
1 Changes in the lives of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities Part I Belonging in education Fellow Traveller Account 1: Belonging and segregation – the oxymoron of the special school 2 Exploring the situated social being of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties across educational contexts: A study of belonging 3 Inclusion and participation of students with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities 4 On "being" together as belonging: Inside Golden Tent Part II Belonging in research Fellow Traveller Account 2: Siblings belonging together 5 Crossing the wobbly bridge: An inclusive approach to researching playfulness and children with profound and multiple learning difficulties 6 A trip to the caves: Making life story work inclusive and accessible 7 Shifting the gaze: The use of wearable cameras in research Part III Belonging in communities Fellow Traveller Account 3: Are people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families welcome in the wider learning disability community? 8 Approaching a person with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: What do you think, what do you do? 9 Singing together: Friends’ and families’ perspectives of possible ways to be included in society 10 Enabling people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to belong in public and community archive collections 11 Belonging and people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: Pushing the boundaries
Melanie Nind is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, UK, where she is Director of the Centre for Research in Inclusion.
Iva Strnadová is Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies at the University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia.
"This book gives a glimpse into the lives of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. It is a reality of many obstacles and challenges. In contrast, the focus of this book is on the positive possibilities. The message is that if we are willing, people in this situation can have playful lives, agency, choices and feel the joy of belonging."
- Dr. Kjartan Skogly Kversøy, Journal of Educational Thought