Worlding the ʼnew normal’ for young adults with disabilities

Faye Ginsburg, Rayna Rapp

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    This chapter draws on our long-standing ethnographic research on disability over the life cycle in the New York City (NYC) area. We focus on young adults with learning disabilities and their families as they prepare to leave high school. Despite legal mandates to include transition planning for students with disabilities, many schools have failed to provide more than perfunctory efforts to pave the way into the world beyond school. For those with learning disabilities (LD), the transition from educational institutions to life beyond is often experienced as a crisis. Unlike their peers without disabilities, many find themselves facing adulthood on their own without a net. In scores of interviews, we repeatedly encountered a sense of rupture of an anticipated life-course. Families frequently expressed dismay about the lack of support or direction for life beyond high school. We argue that these social inequalities have large implications, producing existential gaps in efforts to create a more expansive sense of American personhood for people with disabilities as they leave school. However, alternative social formations are also emerging, a process which involves creating a ʼnew normal’ for young adults with disabilities.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationDisability, Normalcy, and the Everyday
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Pages82-101
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315446431
    ISBN (Print)9781138214217
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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    young adult
    disability
    school
    learning disability
    social inequality
    educational institution
    life cycle
    adulthood
    planning
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    interview
    student

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    Ginsburg, F., & Rapp, R. (2018). Worlding the ʼnew normal’ for young adults with disabilities. In Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday (pp. 82-101). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315446448

    Worlding the ʼnew normal’ for young adults with disabilities. / Ginsburg, Faye; Rapp, Rayna.

    Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday. Taylor and Francis, 2018. p. 82-101.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Ginsburg, F & Rapp, R 2018, Worlding the ʼnew normal’ for young adults with disabilities. in Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday. Taylor and Francis, pp. 82-101. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315446448
    Ginsburg F, Rapp R. Worlding the ʼnew normal’ for young adults with disabilities. In Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday. Taylor and Francis. 2018. p. 82-101 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315446448
    Ginsburg, Faye ; Rapp, Rayna. / Worlding the ʼnew normal’ for young adults with disabilities. Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday. Taylor and Francis, 2018. pp. 82-101
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