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Analysing intersections of disability and life course

In this video, Louisa Smith and Kelley Johnson give feedback on the life stories of different people with disabilities.

All of us experience different stages and ways of being through our lives.

In this video, Kelley and Louisa discuss some of the stories from the four previous steps. They reflect, in particular, on the importance of different life transitions in the lives of the different guest presenters. They also reflect on how the guest presenters found ways of adapting and empowering themselves and others even when they were faced with barriers.

After you’ve listened to Kelley and Louisa’s discussion, you might like to reflect back on Elder’s life course perspective which we explored in Step 4.1: Welcome to Week 4.

Talking points

  • In Step 4.4: The importance of looking across the life course, Iva Strnadová described the importance of supporting people through life transitions. Based on the stories from our guest presenters, why do you think it might be especially important for people with disabilities to have support when they are transitioning from one life stage to the next?
  • Iva also noted the importance of looking at how different microsystems in people’s lives — like school, work and home — intersect. How can this idea be applied to the stories you have just seen?

We will look more closely at intersections in Week 5.

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