My Education: Students with disabilities describe high school in pictures and words

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TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus


This article describes a process called “Photovoice,” originally developed by Carolyn Wang and Mary Ann Burris (1997) in the field of public health, and illustrates how thirteen students with disabilities in three high schools used cameras and text to show and tell how they engage or fail to engage in their education. This article indicates a step-by-step description of the Photovoice process with examples from interviews, observations, and pictures that students took. The article closes with lessons we have learned about students’ perceived levels of comfort, support, and self-efficacy in school and provides recommendations for implementing Photovoice projects with other students who have disabilities.