Welcome to the inaugural volume of the Journal for Disability Studies in Education. This is an online, open-access, anonymously peer-review journal that will publish up to twelve papers per volume. The papers will then be published in hard copy and made available as a book annually. Our aim is to provide a platform for the discussion and debate of education from disability perspectives.

Notwithstanding the international acceptance of inclusive education by governments, there remains a strong commitment to special segregated education as evidenced by the building of new special schools – sometimes referred to as inclusion centres – and the refurbishment of existing special schools. This is pursued in the name of parental choice. It is also clear that universities and colleges have a good deal of work to do to overcome the vestiges of ableism in curriculum, pedagogy assessment, the built environment and the structure of educational workforces. The Journal of Disability Studies in Education provides a vehicle for critique and the articulation of educational approaches that eschew disablement.

Disability Studies in Education is a transdisciplinary field of research and scholarship that has global traction. We look forward to manuscripts from a range of disciplines dealing with all areas of formal and non-formal education to understand their impact on people with disabilities and to consider strategies for dismantling the barriers of ableism in education. Manuscripts from a range of disciplines, or across disciplines, may take up issues including:

  • Universal Design for Learning;

  • Curriculum development, reform and implementation;

  • Inclusive and collaborative pedagogies;

  • Capacity building assessment;

  • Workforce reforms;

  • Implementation of anti-discrimination legislation and international conventions on the rights of persons with disabilities;

  • Advocacy and community building;

  • The politics of educational disablement;

  • Disability, social theory and education;

  • Globalisation and development studies.

Of course, this list is offered as a prompt and is certainly not exhaustive of the journal’s areas of interest.

We invite authors to refer to the guidance for authors, and to submit their manuscripts of up to 7,000 words to tim.corcoran@deakin.edu.au and roger.slee@unisa.edu.au. Manuscripts will be then considered through the usual process of anonymous peer reviewing and authors will be advised of the decision.

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