1st Edition

Childhood and Disability Key papers from Disability & Society

Edited By Sarah Beazley, Val Williams Copyright 2014
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawn from Disability & Society over the period 1997-2012, the twelve chapters in this book address a range of personal, cultural and institutional arenas in which challenges experienced by disabled children are played out. The book includes a mix of theoretical and applied material offering both powerful conceptual tools and practical insights, enabling readers to connect the work of recent decades to their own research and questions about disability and childhood. Readers will find this book an invaluable resource for understanding what we have learned about disability and childhood through the pages of the world leading international journal in the field. The collection makes available a well-informed understanding of conditions, policies and practices that create disability in children's lives so that we can further the struggle for a more inclusive future in which inequalities structured around impairment are removed. The importance of children’s own voices for resisting disablement in childhood is clearly foregrounded in this invaluable collection.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Disability & Society.

    Introduction Sarah Beazley and Val Williams

    1. Gone Missing? Disabled children living away from their families Jenny Morris

    2. Disabled Children, Parents and Professionals: partnership on whose terms? Pippa Murray

    3. Where Are the Children's Experiences? Analysing Social and Cultural Exclusion in 'Special' and 'Mainstream' Schools J.M. Davis and N. Watson

    4. ‘I Value What You Have to Say’. Seeking the Perspective of Children with a Disability, Not Just their Parents Belinda Garth and Rosalie Aroni

    5. Nothing to be had ‘off the peg’: consumption, identity and the immobilization of young disabled people Bill Hughes, Rachel Russell and Kevin Paterson

    6. ‘Chocolate…makes you autism’: impairment, disability and childhood identities Berni Kelly

    7. Children’s experiences of disability: pointers to a social model of childhood disability Clare Connors and Kirsten Stalker

    8. Notions of self: lived realities of children with disabilities Vanessa Singh and Anita Ghai

    9. Constructing ‘normal childhoods’: young people talk about young carers L. O’Dell, S. Crafter, G. de Abreu and T. Cline

    10. Not your average childhood: lived experience of children with physical disabilities raised in Bloorview Hospital, Home and School from 1960 to 1989 Tracy Odell

    11. Facilitating and hindering factors in the realization of disabled children’s agency in institutional contexts: literature review Johanna Olli, Tanja Vehkakoski and Sanna Salantera

    12. No safety net for disabled children in residential institutions in Ireland Pauline Conroy

    13. Conclusion Sarah Beazley and Val Williams


    Sarah Beazley is Senior Teaching Fellow and Consultant Speech and Language Therapist working at Manchester University, UK, with deaf people, children with developmental disabilities, families and professionals.

    Val Williams is Reader in Disability, Policy and Practice at Bristol University, UK, working with people with learning disabilities on issues most relevant to them.