At the next Work in Progress, visiting researcher Valeria Aydos will present:
“ABOUT PEOPLE AND DIAGNOSIS: The experience of Thomas in the policies of inclusion for people with disabilities in the Brazilian labour market”
WHEN: Tuesday the 10th of May at 3pm
WHERE: Room 3.1.1.
This session of the Work in Progress (WiPs) will be in cooperation with the Culture Medicine & Power research group.
If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the draft chapter.
Since the late 2000, when the Brazilian government started to implement the Pilot Project of Empowering People with Disabilities for Work in Rio Grande do Sul (Projeto Piloto de Incentivo à Aprendizagem de Pessoas com Deficiência do Rio Grande do Sul), a network of actors started to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workplace through the Affirmative Law 8213/91 (which requires private companies with more than 100 employees to have from 2 to 5 % of people with disabilities in their workforce). In this context, the experiences of people with autism brought to light theoretical and practical discussions on both the condition of this diagnosis as being characterized as a disability and/or as a human neurodiversity, and the ways of managing these people in the everyday life of labour. Thomas is one of the young men who participated in the Project I followed. Through the ethnography of his “case” it´s possible to reflect on the effects of inclusion policies in management practices and subjective processes of people with autism, as well as shed light on the agency opportunities for those people across the biopolitization of life and the symbolic and practical construction of new types of citizens and ‘social sensibilities’ in Brazil.