Video Articles

Disability & Society

Disability & Society publishes many articles which are very interesting. But not all of them are easy to understand for all our readers.

We, the journal’s editorial team, want to make the journal more accessible, and know not everyone can make sense of it all by reading.

That is why we wanted to do something different. We decided to make some videos about a few articles in the journal.

As this is new, we are learning how best to make these videos. We are proud of the work done by those who have taken part in each video; they chose which articles they wanted to look at and talk about.   

  • Each video gives a short summary of the article, or sometimes a few articles on the same topic.

  • Then people on the video talk about what they think.

  • Some of the videos are done by disabled actors, who help to make things more dramatic.

We hope these videos will bring Disability & Society to a wider public, and that you will enjoy watching them.

We would like to hear from our readers and hear what they think. We are keen to carry on and get better at making these videos so please do get in touch with your comments.

Self advocacy for people with developmental disabilities in South Korean

This video article is based on research published by Kyung Mee Kim, Sarah A. Hall & Yu Bin Jung in 2021 on the participation of people with developmental disabilities in self-advocacy groups in South Korea. In the video, the situation reported by these researchers is compared to the experiences of self-advocates with learning disabilities in the UK.

The Social Model of Disability

This video article pays tribute to Mike Oliver, the father of the social model of disability. It explains what the social model of disability is. It also explains how the social model shows that the difficulties that disabled persons meet are created by the disabling barriers that they meet in society.

Community Inclusion of People with Learning Disabilities

This video takes a look at research from two articles published in Disability & Society in 2018 which talk about the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in their communities. The first article, by Charlotte Capri and Leslie Swartz, is about research carried out in South Africa. The second article, by Andrew Power and Ruth Bartlett, is about research carried out in the UK. The Misfits talk about what we learn from these two articles.

In South Africa, people with learning disabilities are often treated like children and kept in institutions. In the UK they live in their community, but they are still not included. The Misfits then talk about their own experiences where they feel included and where they feel excluded in their community.

‘A person with some sort of learning disability’

This video is about an article written by Dave Calvert, about the singer Susan BoyleThe Misfits Theatre Company in Bristol made this video, and they have brought it all to life as a TV Talent competition. In ‘Misfits Got Talent’ they talk about the article itself, and then they discuss what they felt about the points in the article. They have some very interesting things to say about Susan Boyle and how it’s good to have people with learning disabilities on TV: ‘Who is normal? We are all unique in our own way’.

Love is Everything

This video is about different articles published in Disability & Society in 2014. They were all to do with love and relationships, and you will see Julian Goodwin and Beth Richards on the video talking about why they think these articles are important. The authors of the articles are Harriet Clarke andStephen McKayKirsty Liddiard; Katrina Pestka and Sarah WendtCarmit-Noa Shpigelman andCarol Gill. Beth and Julian enjoyed finding out about these articles, but also found that a lot of research about love is very sad. They would like to have more research about what works well for people. 

*Also titled Easy English Summaries.

I know, I can, I will try

This video is about an article about technology written by Rebecka Naslund and Asa Gardelli from Sweden. It was published in Disability & Society in 2013. On the video, you will see Rebecka herself talking from Sweden with our video makers. Computers and other kinds of technology are important topics, and we talk about the research in the article, which shows that everyone can make good use of technology if they have enough support and time. This video is made by Julian Goodwin, Kerrie Fordand Lisa Ponting, who worked with the research team at the Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studiesin Bristol.

Disability & Society

Editor, Professor Michele Moore

Disability & Society
is an international disability studies journal providing a focus for debate about such issues as human rights, discrimination, definitions, policy and practices. It appears against a background of constant change in the ways in which disability is viewed and responded to.

The journal publishes articles that represent a wide range of perspectives including the importance of the voices of disabled people.

Disability & Society invites papers where definitions of disability are acknowledged to be relative and segregated approaches are seen as inadequate and unacceptable – placing greater emphasis on inclusion. Perspectives are also invited which critique ways in which policy intentions may or may not have the desired effects in the everyday lives of disabled people.

Disability scholars engage and identify with other oppressed groups and the journal leads the way in forging new paths for disability studies.

There is an established well-informed international audience for the journal. Authors are expected to consider this wide readership and to exhibit knowledge of previously-published articles when submitting their work for consideration.

Peer Review Policy:
All research articles and Breakthrough Scholar papers submitted for consideration undergo rigorous peer-review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

Referees are asked to take into account the journal’s Aims and Scope, and also to assess suitability of publication in accordance with the journal’s editorial and language policies.

Current Issues Review Policy:
Each contribution will be subjected to peer-review by at least two doubly anonymous referees.

Journal Guidelines:
Prospective authors ought to fully consult the journal’s ‘Instructions for Authors’ web page for complete guidance on how to prepare and submit an article for consideration in Disability & Society. To aid authors further, additional information and guidelines are available covering:
Current Issues Section
Breakthrough Scholars Submissions
Points of Interest
Language Policy

Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

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