The new volume of the Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies on “Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities. Policies, Practices, Research and Narratives” and edited by Carlos Veloso da Veiga, Luísa Martins Fernandes and Miguel Ángel Verdugo is now available.
According to the editors, “in publishing this issue under the title “Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities. Policies, Practices, Research and Narratives”, the Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies (LJCS) becomes, indeed, the first Portuguese journal on social sciences to dedicate one of its issues exclusively to the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWD). Thus, it is an important milestone as it contributes to constructing a fairer and more inclusive society for PWD. If nothing else justified the timeliness of this publication, it would be enough to remember that historically accumulated knowledge shows beyond doubt how and how much PWD have been socially discriminated against, rejected and despised”.
“For this issue’s edition, it is worth mentioning that the Communication and Society Research Centre’s directors and editors were inspired by Articles 8 and 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD; Convenção Sobre os Direitos das Pessoas com Deficiência, 2006). The particular purpose of this issue is to contribute to a better social awareness of disability, help combat stereotypes and prejudices, and promote the rights of PWD. The rights of PWD, which, since 2006, following the promulgation of the convention by the United Nations, have officially become a human rights issue — the right to respect, dignity, choice, freedom, work, schooling, starting a family, among others”, they added.