Centre for Disability Studies

Centre for Disability Studies

“I don’t have a problem, the problem is theirs”: the priorities of Bolivian disabled people in words and pictures

I dont have a problem - the problem is theirs - book coverRebecca Yeo and Andrew Bolton (2008)

This research was carried out in Bolivia in 2006. It includes the voices of disabled men, women and children living in a range of economic and social circumstances. These were not leaders or the conventionally articulate, but ordinary disabled people talking about their lives, their aspirations and what they would like to change and how. They also expressed their ideas in drawings that were combined into mural designs. Groups worked together to paint murals in prominent places to draw attention to their situation. Inauguration events were held at which local authorities, NGOs, media and the public came to listen to participants explain the messages of the murals.

With a forward by Bill Albert, this report chronicles this sequence of events and contains twenty colour photographs of the murals and images. The analysis is that of the authors and not the organisations that commissioned the study who will produce a separate document.

The full text of this publication is now available online in the Archive.

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