Schiemer, Margarita, and Michelle Proyer (2012). "Education for children with disabilities, their participation and the relevance of capabilities" Paper presented at the 9th annual conference of the HDCA, 5-7 September 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Drawing from our experiences of working in an international research project and how the Capabilities Approach (CA) is becoming part of it, the idea behind this working paper is to raise some questions related to the consequences of merging the Capabilities Approach and special needs education in the face of different global backgrounds. Intersections between the CA and disabilities have been described and worked on by several authors (Burchardt 2004; Terzi 2005; Mitra 2006; Morris 2009; Reindal 2010). Also the fact that the model of capabilities appears to serve better to understand and evaluate the needs of persons with disabilities than the medical model and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) or even the social model, as it considers difference as an individual asset (Reindal 2009).