Disability, Personalisation and Community Arts: exploring the spatial dynamics of children with disabilities participating in inclusive music classes

S. Levy (Lead / Corresponding author), A.J. Robb, D. Jindal-Snape

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    Abstract

    This paper uses personalisation and the capabilities approach to explore inclusive music classes for children with disabilities in Scotland. It provides a unique insight into the impact of participation through the voices of the disabled young musicians, their parents and tutors. The study highlights the power of inclusive spaces to transform lives, to build confidence and intersectional identities. It engages in the spatial dynamic of opening up inclusive spaces, as well as exposing emerging tensions in the liminal space that is created through movement between safe and supported spaces and the antithesis, spaces that disempower and marginalise. The findings suggest good practice around personalisation, when conceived of from a social justice perspective, as a template for working with other marginalised groups and in other professional settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)254-268
    Number of pages15
    JournalDisability & Society
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    Early online date19 Jan 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017

    Keywords

    • Personalisation
    • Capabilities approach
    • Inclusive music
    • Disability
    • Children
    • Social justice

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