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Academia Journal of Educational Research 2(11): 185-192, November 2014
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15413/ajer.2014.0149
ISSN: 2315-7704
2014 Academia Publishing

 

 

Abstract

 

Friendship between people with and without disabilities

 

 

Accepted 6th November, 2014

 

Minna Saarinen
University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education, Special needs Education Yliopistonkatu 4 (P.O. Box 33) FI-00014.

 

This article analyses friendship between people with and without disabilities by exploring non-disabled people's friendships with disabled people and by following a friendship of one young person classified as mentally disabled in the course of their On-Campus-programme studies. The findings revealed that a person with a disability is primarily considered a personality, that the friendship teaches skills and is it based on support and security. The findings also showed how friendships between people with and without disabilities were formed. Social services students had become friends with people with disabilities before their studies and at different stages. Clothing business students also had experiences of friendships with people with disabilities. The friendships were mostly formed through participation in the same communities and common interests. Friendliness and a fair attitude towards another are the foundation pillars of friendship. Equality and genuine approval of the other were the basis of all the friendships. In inclusive education, border- crossing friendships not only improved a disabled person's quality of life but also the ability to participate in the community.

Key words: Inclusion, support paradigm, friendships, disabilities, natural support.
 

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

 

Cite this article as:
Saarinen M (2014). Friendship between people with and without disabilities. Acad. J. Educ. Res. 2(11): 185-192.

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