Inclusion, Disability and Culture

An Ethnographic Perspective Traversing Abilities and Challenges

  • Santoshi Halder
  • Lori Czop Assaf

Part of the Inclusive Learning and Educational Equity book series (ILEE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Santoshi Halder, Lori Czop Assaf, Mary Keeffe
    Pages 1-11
  3. Deconstructing Disability Identities

  4. Exploring the Complexities of Communication with Differently Abled Persons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Erna Alant, Beth Lewis Samuelson, Lindsey Ogle
      Pages 153-167
    3. Shakila Dada, Harsha Kathard, Kerstin Tönsing, Michal Harty
      Pages 169-193
    4. Alison F. Eardley, Louise Fryer, Rachel Hutchinson, Matthew Cock, Peter Ride, Joselia Neves
      Pages 195-207
  5. Inclusive Policies, Practices and Interventions

  6. Insights from Caregivers

About this book


This book provides a global and social examination of how disabilities are played out and experienced around the world. It presents auto-ethnographic perspectives on disability across cultures, societies, and countries by documenting individuals’ personal narratives, thought processes and reflections.

Chapter authors share cross-cultural perspectives within and across various countries, such as India, Australia, United States, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Croatia, Brazil, South Africa, and Qatar. Adopting a self-reflective stance following qualitative research methodology, the chapter authors discuss the current challenges in the field. Next, they deconstruct disability identities, explore the complexities of communication with differently abled persons, examine inclusive policies, practices and interventions and present insights from caregivers. The book concludes with critical reflections and a look to the future of global diversity and inclusion.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Santoshi Halder
    • 1
  • Lori Czop Assaf
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and InstructionTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA

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