University of Cape Town

Disability Studies in Inclusive Education

Published on by Michelle Willmers

Collection of preprints from the forthcoming Disability Studies in Inclusive Education open textbook edited by Judith McKenzie, Kofi Nseibo, Chantal Samuels and Amani Karisa.

This open textbook arises from the Disability Studies in Education (DSE) course developed as part of the Teacher Empowerment for Disability Inclusion project, which started in the Division of Disability Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2017. 

The DSE course was developed with active participation from academics, teachers, parents and persons with disabilities, as well as other community stakeholders such as NGOs. Through a process of consultation and learning design, the course convenors were able to bring together a range of skills and expertise by drawing on scholars in the field of Disability Studies as well as specialist educators who are experts in educational strategies designed to meet the learning needs of children with disabilities. Many of the course lecturers were persons with disabilities themselves.

The intention of this book is to increase the disability confidence of teachers in both mainstream and special schools so that they feel empowered to engage with disability in their classrooms. It does this by locating disability in a social context and  understanding disability as a social identity that often leads to exclusion. The authors also provide the basic understanding and tools for teachers to work with children with disabilities through understanding the nature of their impairment and strategies to meet their learning needs.

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The Promotion of Inclusive Digitally-Enabled Education Through the Redesign of Blended Courses Project is supported by a Department of Higher Education and Training University Capacity Development grant