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Exploring non-western philosophies

As we have discussed throughout this course, the concept of “a good life” is a value-laden one. Everyone has a different idea about what is involved in living a good …

Valuing human flourishing

Throughout this course, we have been thinking about what living a good life means to us as individuals. In Week 1, we came up with ideas such as caring, inter-dependence, …

Reflecting on disability and poverty

In this video, Eric Emerson summarises the relationship between disability and poverty, drawing from his own research. Eric extends Karen and Louisa’s discussion of the cycle of disability and poverty. …

The disability-poverty cycle

As Louisa and Karen explain in the above video, poverty and disability are closely interrelated. They refer to the cycle of disability and poverty mind map, which can be found …

Adulthood

Being an adult is when many of the normative assumptions around what it means to have a good life are felt most strongly. There are certain roles and identities which …

Childhood

In this video Shooshi Dreyfus talks about her son Bodhi’s childhood. As Shooshi points out, it is very difficult speaking for someone else, but including Shooshi’s “educated guess” about what …

The importance of looking across the life course

In this video, Eric Emerson and Iva Strnadová explain why the life course is important, particularly for people with disabilities. Without including the whole life span, disability studies misses out …

When is counting important?

In this video, several expert researchers explain why it is important to count disability, and why it matters how disability is classified. Of course, statistics are about more than individuals. …

Counting disability: Educator feedback

When we start to look at how international organisations attempt to categorise and count impairment and disabled people we can immediately see a range of challenges in doing this. Some …

Disability: a badge or label?

In the above video, Duncan, Steve, Antoni, Jordanna and Vivienne share personal stories about how they have been labeled by others, as well as how they have badged themselves as …

Accessibility today

In the previous step, you learned a little about the history of the Disabled People’s Movement and the history of disabled people’s fights to have their rights recognised. In particular, …