To radically rethink inclusion: the fight of deaf collectives in Colombia

Published on 25 March 2023

Ana Palma Garcia

We are used to thinking about inclusion as making the world accessible for all, but what happens when accessibility is not enough? For the past decade, Deaf communities around the world have been pushing for an epistemological shift that comprehends the collective and cultural dimension of being deaf.

This blog is a reflection on the counternarratives that have been driven by these collectives and the relevance of learning from them to improve our work in inclusive development. By asking questions like who decides what inclusion is, looks, and feels like?  This ‘Deaf Power’ movement seeks to show that despite the significant advances of the disability rights movement demanding accessibility and school integration, the disability framework falls short to fully understand the needs and struggles of these deaf communities.

Read the full article from IDS student Ana Palma Garcia on the IDS alumni website

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