An eye opening experience: a critical turning point in the life of a young woman with a severe visual impairment

Wedgwood, Nikki, Smith, Louisa, Shuttleworth, Russell and Llewellyn, Gwynnyth 2013, An eye opening experience: a critical turning point in the life of a young woman with a severe visual impairment, Journal of Social Inclusion, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 5-23.

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Title An eye opening experience: a critical turning point in the life of a young woman with a severe visual impairment
Author(s) Wedgwood, Nikki
Smith, Louisa
Shuttleworth, Russell
Llewellyn, Gwynnyth
Journal name Journal of Social Inclusion
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 23
Total pages 19
Publisher Griffith University
Place of publication Meadowbrook, Qld.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1836-8808
Keyword(s) Disability
Social inclusion
Transition to adulthood
Summary Research on social inclusion often focuses on social exclusion. However, in order to gain greater insights into ways to facilitate social change, it is equally important to research the social inclusion of those normally excluded. Indeed, while one important purpose of studying disabilism is to catalogue and critique all its forms, another critical purpose is to better understand how disabilism can be resisted and/or ameliorated at individual and/or societal levels. Thus, it is equally important to understand when, why and how disabilism does not negatively impact the lives of people with impairments as well as when it does. This paper presents a single case study of Lynette, a young woman with a severe visual impairment who has a life-changing experience in an inclusive environment. In particular, it explores the impact of exclusive and inclusive contexts on Lynette's identity development as she transitions to adulthood. By juxtaposing Lynette's experiences of exclusion with those of inclusion, it highlights contexts in which there is a critical mass of people with impairments living alongside able-bodied people as a possible antecedent/impetus for greater social inclusion of people with impairments in society more generally.
Language eng
Field of Research 111703 Care for Disabled
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060415

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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