GAGE organised a panel at the 2018 Development Studies Association Conference (27th – 29th June) entitled ‘shedding light on the experiences and perspectives of adolescents and youth with disabilities in LMICs,’ with our chair Gerison Lansdown, and Ola Abu Alghaib, head of influencing, impact and learning at Leonard Cheshire Disability.
The panel presented three papers as follows:
The first, by Dr. Keerty Nakray, O.P. Jindal Global University, examined the advances made by LMICs in the inclusion of disabled children and youth within mainstream policies and its implications on their social outcomes following the adoption of The UN convention on the Persons with disabilities and its Optional Protocol 2006.
The second by Alice Gathoni, a PhD candidate at Open University, explored Kenya’s youth with disabilities’ activity on social media and how these activities impact their current participation and future possibilities to live the kind of ‘life they value’ as young people.
The third, by Dr Nicola Jones, Director of the GAGE programme, explored the development trajectories, wellbeing and resilience of adolescents with disabilities in Ethiopia and Jordan, in particularly in regard to voice and agency.