Disability and Discourse helps to bridge the actual and perceived differences that exist between people with and without intellectual disabilities. By analysing real life encounters between people with intellectual disabilities and those who work with them, Val Williams provides illuminating insight into the subtle ways in which people are treated in routine conversations. Her original research identifies empowering practices, and reveals the ways in which individual voices are linked to a collective voice . Situations are also explored in which people with intellectual disabilities are empowered to have a voice in their own affairs, in policy–making, and in research.
At once illustrating the practical value of Conversation Analysis and increasing its scope to influence practice, Disability and Discourse offers a powerful voice for people with intellectual disabilities.
1 Starting Points.
2 Some Building Blocks for Analysis.
Part 1 Individual Voices.
3 Challenging Disempowering Patterns of Talk.
4 Supporting Someone to be Competent.
5 Opening up Conversation.
6 Equalising Talk and Friendliness.
7 Doing Autonomy: ′It′s entirely up to you′.
8 Public Encounters.
Part 2 Collective Voice.
9 Self–Advocacy Talk: The personal to the political.
10 Supporting People to Speak up in Group Situations.
11 Being Interviewers with the Label of ′Intellectual Disability′.
12 Behind the Scenes in Inclusive Research: ′We are the artists of our lives′.
13 Talk about Labelling and Identity.
14 Reflections on Doing Analysis.
15 Reflections on Change.
Appendix Transcription Conventions.
This thought–provoking text is aimed at practitioners, those who engage in everyday conversation with individuals with intellectual disabilities and researchers who employ conversation analysis (CA). This book reminds us that these individuals and their support workers can benefit from engaging in more mindful and reflective practice with regard to everyday discourse. (British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 7 August 2013)