Resilience in the Lives of Disabled Children: A Many Splendoured Thing

  • Katherine Runswick-Cole
  • Dan Goodley
  • Rebecca Lawthom


  • Traditional models of resilience have often suggested that disabled children cannot be resilient.

  • Resilience is often conceptualised as an individual trait or quality of a human being.

  • We understand resilience as the dynamic interplay of the human and a host of resources around them.

  • Disabled children’s resilience is boosted through their networks and access to a host of resources including community participation and acceptance which seek to promote positive identities.

  • Disabled children experience their bodies and minds in ways that are deeply embedded in cultural scripts and societal stories of disability.

  • In the context of economic crisis and austerity measures, resources that support disabled children’s resilience are under threat.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine Runswick-Cole
    • 1
  • Dan Goodley
    • 2
  • Rebecca Lawthom
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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