Challenging an approach to disability based on a new organizational culture

Católica launches advanced course to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities

Problematizing disability, recognizing its intrinsically multidimensional character for a critical and person-centered discussion-action approach is one of the main objectives of the advanced course “Dialogue(s) and Disability(ies): Building narratives for inclusion” that starts in March 2023.

Training that relies on several partners: the Pastoral Service for People with Disabilities of the Diocese of Porto; the Pastoral Service for People with Disabilities of the Patriarchate of Lisbon; Yellow Earth; Union of Parishes of Aldoar, Foz do Douro and Nevogilde (Porto); BodyBuilders Rafael Alvarez.

In the middle of the 21st century, the issue of disability is often problematized in a one-dimensional and welfare way, ignoring its multiple narratives, contributing to the dehumanization of disability,” emphasize the coordinators of this course. Addressing this problem requires a multidimensional, multidisciplinary and integrated analysis, in a logic of discussion for action. In this sense, the coordinators warn of the need to “humanize disability, promote critical dialogues with people with disabilities that allow taboos to be deconstructed, give space, and actively listen to those who want to build and be part of this society that we all are.

The 2nd edition of the advanced course “Dialogue(s) and Disability(ies): The construction of narratives for inclusion”, which will start in March 2023, intends to provoke critical reflection and active listening, as well as to challenge an approach of disability based on a new organizational and social culture that encourages a way of looking and acting centered on the person and not on the disability. It also intends to provide more profound knowledge about the potential of narratives in problematizing disability and share tools and practices around concrete and central challenges of and in disability, provoking a transversal and plural reading of the theme. Another objective is to acquire knowledge about the importance, role, possibilities, and limits of narratives and multidisciplinary dialogues for the inclusion of people with disabilities. This advanced training course is part of the Transversal Area of Social Economy at the Catholic University in Porto (ATES/UCP) and will start in March 2023.


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