The exceptional experience of difference

Vinha, Hilra Gondim (2009) The exceptional experience of difference. In, Families, History and Learning Difficulties, Milton Keynes, GB, 1pp.


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My close relationship with my brother provided me with a strong sense of the struggles of (him) being disabled, in contrast with (me) being so-called "normal".

I also present my views on the debate concerning the two major competing models of disability in contrast with my perception of the role of the notions of what being "normal" means, and how these notions affect disabled people. The paper consists of a narrative account in the form of an autobiographical and eye-witnessing analysis supported by some 'visuals' together with a brief discussion on the literature review I am currently carrying out.

In this paper I present the development of my perceptions about learning difficulties throughout the course of my life, from my personal experiences as a child – as a sort of 'intuitive advocate' of my brother – to my experience as a research student.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LA History of education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Centre for Research in Inclusion (CRI)
ePrint ID: 197151
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
10 July 2009Delivered
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 15:26
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:44

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