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Dr Sonali Shah
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Dr Sonali Shah presented a public lecture entitled ‘Disability, Families and Motherhood’ on Friday 4th April 2014. In this public lecture Dr Shah explored disability over the life course – from being a child to having a child, and how this has changed over historical time in the U.K. Drawing on her own research with different disabled women and men, and the work of other authors, she examined the implications of disability on childhood, family life and motherhood. In the discussion she noted how macro societal changes (in culture, social structures, policy, technology, and environments) have supported and constrained disabled peoples’ participation in family life. Click here to download her presentation.

Dr Sonali Shah is a Lord Kelvin Senior Research Fellow at the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, at Glasgow University. Her research is concerned with bringing the voices and experiences of disabled people into the public domain to inform policies and practices that impact different stages of their lives. Her work adopts different qualitative methodologies, including the use of creative methods such as theatre and dance. In 2012 she led a collaborative project to produce teaching materials to enable school children to learn about disability issues through drama. The resource can be downloaded at Dr Shah is currently the Principal Investigator (Manager) for the UK  part of the present Daphne III 2007-2013 project, Access to Services for Disabled Women who Experience Violence, working in partnership with Austria, Germany and Iceland –

Dr Shah’s published work include books: Disability and Social Change: Private Lives and Public Policies (2011, Policy Press), Career Success of Disabled High-Flyers (2005, Jessica Kingsley Publishers), and Young Disabled People: Choices, Aspirations and Constraints (2008, Ashgate). She teaches about disability issues across different university programmes.

Dr Shah is a disabled woman, a wife, a keen global traveller, and in her spare time she does a little song writing and stage acting.
Last Updated: 26 September 2014

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