Sources: Oliver, M. (1989) ‘Conductive education: if it wasn’t so sad it would be funny’, Disability, Handicap and Society 4(2), pp. 197–200.Beardshaw, V. (1989) ‘Conductive education: a rejoinder’, Disability, Handicap and Society 4(3), pp. 297–9.
Conductive education is an approach to the teaching of children and adults with physical disabilities. It has generated a great deal of controversy in the UK in recent years. Some of this controversy is reflected in this chapter. After a brief introduction to the approach by Will Swann, Mike Oliver, who is himself disabled, attacks conductive education as deeply oppressive. ...