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Comic strip on rethinking disability

Approximately 10-15% of the world’s population is estimated to be disabled. The researchers from the ERC Rethinking Disability project have shown how disability campaigners managed to place disability on the human rights agenda. Their research has now been converted into a comic strip.

The Leiden researchers show that – in contrast to what many might think – a disability does not inevitably mean suffering, inaction and passivity. What is more: in recent decades disability has come to be seen as a human rights question, thanks to the often vigorous protests or deft lobbying of disability campaigners. Central to the research is the year 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons.

Consolidator Grant

The research was carried out with a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. This was awarded in 2015 to Monika Baár, Professor by Special Appointment of Central European Studies. Artist Hélène Bléhaut has converted the research by Baár and her colleagues into a ten-part comic strip.

Got a good tale to tell?

Are you a researcher with an ERC grant and can this research be transformed into a comic? Mail your idea to info@erccomics.com, and who knows, illustrator Hélène Bléhaut might just put it into pictures!

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