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Capability and Dis/ability in the Transition From School

Posted 03/07/2017
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements

Join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, March 9 from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall as Dr. Sarah Hart, new Special Education faculty in Education, Nursing, and Health Professions presents on capability and dis/ability in the transition from school.

The capability approach positions all human beings as an end in their own right. An analysis of an individuals’ level of functioning is the living of any life. The capability approach seeks to increase this standard to one that enables a good life. A life considered fully human is achieved by promoting individual freedom to undertake opportunities of personal value (Sen, 1999). Nussbaum (2006) later functionalised the approach specifically for dis/ability with the focus on dignity. Dignity is found when the socio-political context promotes what individuals can do and be in their life.
A capability approach can be directly applied to the context of transition from school. Discussions will explore Sarah’s doctoral research. More specifically, capability as a theoretical framework and its compatibility with an emancipatory paradigm in dis/ability research; capability in research design and analytical frameworks; and implications of capability on the opportunities inherent in transition from school and more broadly, in the celebration of significant dis/ability within a diverse society.

Sarah Hart is excited to join the University of Hartford after completing her PhD in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Sarah has taught students with dis/abilities for almost 20 years in the US and abroad.  

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club meets every Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters - with the exception of the first Thursday of each semester - from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford. The Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you! Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish.

For more information, contact Brian Skelly at or 413-642-0334.