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The University of Vermont

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Fall 2019

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India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action


This study investigated intersections between health and disability by asking the question: how do community perceptions of disability at Disha: A Resource Centre for the Disabled in Jaipur, India relate to health and quality of life for a person with multiple disabilities? This study utilized a case study methodology. The researcher took qualitative interviews from six respondents in the immediate educational and familial support network of a 27-year-old man with multiple disabilities. An interview based, qualitative methodology was important for investigating the complexity of perceptions of multiple disabilities and health as intersecting identities. The responses were analyzed and reflected upon in this paper through the cross-cultural lens of the researcher. Upon analyses, many connections were found between the concepts of health and disability, particularly as they related to the social advancement of people with disabilities.


Asian Studies | Disability and Equity in Education | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Policy | Medicine and Health | Politics and Social Change | Public Health | Social and Cultural Anthropology | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies

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