Interrupted Trajectory: The Experiences of Disability and Homeschooling in Post-Soviet Russia

  • Alfiya Battalova


This paper provides a personal account of school experiences in Russia from a disability perspective to illuminate a complex nature of disability in post-Soviet Russia. It seeks to foreground the context of homeschooling by problematizing transition as a linear and uninterrupted path. Through discussion of the education system for children with disabilities, the author positions herself in a broader sociocultural context. Furthermore, the paper analyzes the issues around negotiation of access and engages with theoretical constructs of overcoming, staring, and internalizing ableism to demonstrate the ambiguities of personal experiences and the role of structures in shaping these experiences. Finally, the paper emphasizes the relational aspect of disability and schooling to recognize possibilities and creative ways of being within structural constraints.


Homeschooling placePlace transitionTransition Period Autoethnography Post-socialist Russia 
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  • Alfiya Battalova
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  1. 1.Department of Disability and Human DevelopmentUniversity of IllinoisChicagoUSA

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