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Centre for Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusive Education (SENDIN)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome)

Event details

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.