Seminar on disability and post-compulsory education

Disability studies in education have been on the agenda especially by researchers in the JustEd team 4, and as a resault of the collaboration researchers are now invited to a working seminar to wrap up the work done in JustEd on post-compulsory education for disabled people.

The seminar is focusing on combinations and contradictions between educational and disability policy and practice.

When: December 14, 2016

Where: Helsinki, FAIDD, Viljatie 4 A

Registration: before 1 December to

New research field – old ideals

Disability studies is relatively new research field developed from the disability rights movement, which turned its gaze from medical pathologies and sociaetal burden of disabled people to seeing them as citizens with rights and abilities for self-determination and active participation in society.

In global education policy and disability policy this turn in seeing disabled people have been documented in several statements and programs from 1970’s onwards by policy agencies such as United Nations, UNESCO and European Commission.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has recently been ratified in Finland and Iceland, in other Nordic contries this was done already earlier.

In these, concepts such as inclusion, de-institutionalization, mainstreaming and normalization have been stated as ideal development emphasizing disabled people’s rights to live ordinary life in their own communities equally with other citizens. These ideals are shared and they have also been developed in the “Nordic model” of welfare societies, which has traditionally drawn on the principles of universalism, equality, solidarity and public responsibility that ensure wellbeing for all.

These ideals have meant challenges and criticism of the segregated institutional arrangements, which still are prevailed in the arrangements of social care of disabled people and special needs education.


The seminar is organized in two parts. The first part consists of two key note talks given by professor Chrissie Rogers from Aston University, United Kindom and research manager Antti Teittinen from FAIDD (Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).

The second part is a workshop based on the drafts of articles on research focusing on the seminar themes. Participation in the workshop requires reading the draft.

10.00           Welcome

10.10             Chrissie Rogers: Re-humanising education and intellectual disability: a care-full proposal?

11.15             Antti Teittinen: Disabled young adults and working life citizenship. Factors preventing and promoting inclusion

12.00             Lunch

13.00             Anna-Björk Sverrisdottir: Views of individuals with intellectual disabilities in upper secondary documents in Iceland

13.30             Yvonne Karlsson: Boys’ participation in processes of inclusion and exclusion in a special need unit in Sweden

14.00             Katariina Hakala (and Gudrun Svedberg): Disabled Citizens? Dividing transitions of youth with special education background in two Nordic countries

14:30             Coffee


The seminar organiser is FAIDD, The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.






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