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International Day of Disabled Persons

30th April 2020

For research to have real impact, it must be inclusive – shaped by diverse voices at every stage. We are committed to supporting diversity in the work we publish, in our workforce and in wider society.

To mark the International Day of Disabled Persons, we're exploring community and why a world where everyone is included is better for us all.

Publisher Helen Beddow

Meet our publisher

Explore our journals and book series publishing research in disability and related topics below. If you have an idea for a journal special issue, a new book series, monograph or are interested in discussing other ways to disseminate your research, get in touch with our gender and diversity publisher Dr Helen Beddow.

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The Co-researcher's Perspective

Sally Whitney talks to us about her part as a co-researcher in the Living Life to the Fullest project, run by the iHuman Institute at the University of Sheffield.

"As a young disabled person you often feel ignored by society. No-one had ever asked us about our lives before - only our impairments. This gave us a voice."

Read the podcast transcript (PDF)

Read our author blogs

From co-creation to personal experiences of disability, our authors share their knowledge and experience in our blog.

Participatory design with autistic adults

Dr Marc Fabri shares his thoughts on participatory design with autistic adults based on his experiences from two European-funded projects.

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Chronically angry

Alex Franklin, lecturer at the University of the West of England and author of Ageing by Design, acknowledges the depth of her anger towards her 'acquired disability'.

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Independence, interdependence, and the community

Mukta Kulkarni and Eddy Ng discuss lending a hand, independence and interdependence in sustainable communities. 

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Transforming Classroom Practices for Learners with Disabilities

Jeffrey P. Bakken explores how researchers in the field of education can help classroom teachers and students through their publication choices in the academy. 

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Disability, Community and Inclusion

Dr Wendy Uttley of the Down Syndrome Training & Support Service (Bradford, United Kingdom) tells us why being part of a community is important for young people with Down Syndrome and how everyone in the community benefits from greater inclusion. We also talk to Sam, a young person with Down Syndrome who has found a work placement through the organisation.

Read the podcast transcript (PDF)

    Publish in a book series

    Find relevant book series on our Bookstore, such as:

    • Research in Social Science and Disability
    • Advances in Special Education
    • International Perspectives on Inclusive Education
    • Emerald Studies Gender Health and Technology

    See our book series

    Publish open access

    Publish your work on Emerald Open Research, our pioneering open access platform dedicated to research aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Your published research will have open peer reviews, an open data policy and be freely and rapidly available to a global audience to read, download and reuse.

    Visit Emerald Open Research

    Interested in submitting your research?

    Whether you have a journal article, book or chapter, or want to find out about publishing open access, fill in the form and our publisher Helen will get in touch with you to discuss your research further. We look forward to hearing from you.

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