At home with disability: One family's three generations narrate autism

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We examined the lived experiences of a Cypriot family with a young child with autism. Semi-structured interviews with parents, siblings, and extended family members across three generations and observations of the family's daily activities were the primary data-generating methods. Critical events related to the disability diagnosis, the mother's decision to undertake a significant role in the child's education following negative interactions with professionals, and the family's daily accommodations to the child's needs emerged in narratives of multiple participants. Family narratives reflect the polyphony of experiences and responses shared by participants. The study illuminates the complexities of this experience and offers opportunities to rethink the interplay of disability, family, and culture in the context of research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-715
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • cultural diversity
  • disability
  • family narratives
  • qualitative case study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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