Centre for Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusive Education (SENDIN)
Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome)
|A School of Education research event|
|Date||15 June 2022|
|Time||13:00 to 14:30|
|Place||Baring Court 06 & MS Teams|
|Provider||School of Education|
|Intended audience||Academic staff and students|
|Registration information||Contact the event organiser if attending in person or you require the online meeting link|
This SENDIN centre meeting will be in person and online. We will discuss the below paper by Ware and Schuelka.
Hannah Ware & Matthew J. Schuelka (2019) Constructing ‘disability’ in Myanmar: teachers, community stakeholders, and the complexity of disability models, Disability & Society, 34:6, 863-884, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1580186
This article explores Myanmar teachers’ and community stakeholders’ constructions of disability. We examine how various religious perspectives – particularly Buddhism – inform and shape understandings of impairment and how these beliefs intersect with a strongly medicalised construction of disability. However, in our discussion and exploration of the responses, we also found that the notion of two primary disability ‘models’ – namely the medical model and the social model – lack nuance, complexity, and socio-cultural consideration. Through examining teachers’ and community members’ perspectives of disability in Myanmar, we highlight the importance of socio-cultural variance in understanding local constructions of disability.