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Rethinking Disability Connection and Agency for Development 
Francisca Adom-Opare (University of Edinburgh)
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Allan Laville (University of Reading)
Edith Morley G44
Friday 30 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Disability issues often seem precarious/far-fetched, because the World Report on Disability statistically places disabled people as the largest minority. This has negatively affected how disability is mainstreamed - an afterthought/minor issue rather than a central/major issue.

Long Abstract:

Most often in human development, with the continuous emergence of new challenges amidst an interconnected world, disability issues seem precarious and far-fetched. This is because, for instance, the World Report on Disability - currently obsolete indicates that 15% of the world population identify as having some form of disability - statistically places disabled people as the largest minority and, therefore, development design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation consciously or unconsciously do not undertake meaningful disability mainstreaming. The panel calls for papers that address the following questions and beyond? The panel looks for creative and innovative presentations - traditional presentations, arts - video, audio, drawings, paintings, etc.

Guiding Questions

1. What are the connections and agency of disability in development?

2. How do we overturn conventional ways of theorizing and practicing development to foreground disability?

3. Is disability a minority/majority issue, and what are the consequences of treating disability as a minority/majority issue in development?

4. What is the economic case for disability inclusion?

5. Does disability mainstreaming drive innovation and creativity; in what ways?

If the disability is understood as a group that anyone can embrace at any time due to genetics, improved disability measurement mechanisms, environmental and social factors, and eventually ageing, then disability affects all of us and must therefore be treated as one of the core tenets of any development.

This panel aims to critically unearth the importance of disability inclusion within the "Anthropocene", as often disability issues are rarely discussed within the broader context of rethinking development.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 30 June, 2023, -