This website is the home to Transforming Disability, Culture and Childhood: Local, Global and Transdisciplinary Responses, an exciting and transformative programme of research running from September 2014 to September 2016 at the University of Sheffield. Our aim is to develop three research strands. Each strand captures a distinct period of the life course (early years, childhood and youth), a particular analytical theme (disability diagnoses, disability dealings, disability discourses) and a specific institutional practice (families/communities, professional practice and policy making) and reflects on-going concerns at national and global levels, with issues of persistent inequalities for young disabled people and current global policies (e.g. Millennium Goals and EFA goals) that may be reinforcing and fueling inequalities (www.bernardvanleer.org). While we are in the very early stages, you can read more about the research here.
Collaboration is key to our research, thus we are keen to connect with like-minded students, researchers, activists, allied practitioners, and community organisations. You can get involved in multiple ways. Feel free to come along to one of our events. Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date with the research process as it happens by subscribing to this blog; please follow us by clicking the ‘follow’ button to the right of this paragraph and putting your email address. Or, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any comments of questions, or would like to know more about contributing to the research.