Social integration of people with disabilities in the context of relational autonomy

The speech is related to the application of a special relational concept and relational autonomy in pedagogy. These concepts, referring on the basis of social theory to the idea of interdependence, assume a space of social exchange, thanks to which integration processes are possible and occur. The idea of relational autonomy is a generative concept that it finds in various areas of human and social functioning. It is part of the discussion regarding the subject, dignity and self-determination of a person in the conditions of dependence on others, while he treats dependence on others as a rule rather than an exception from it. The space for using this concept in special education can be completed by negotiating the conditions of social integration and autonomy in situation of disability. The interpenetration of these concepts in the contemporary discourse of special pedagogy, and even more broadly – in interdisciplinary Disability Studies, testifies to the need to clarify a coherent theory that connects them. Inspirations flowing from the concept of relational autonomy seem promising.

dr hab., prof. UKW Dorota Podgórska-Jachnik

Professor at the Kazimierz Wielki University Bydgoszcz, special pedagogue (surdopedagogue), psychologist, speech therapist, head of the Department of Special Education and Speech.