What Does “Accessible” Mean in Sensitive Interviews? – Method Choices of People with Physical Disabilities (On Demand: Recorded)
Main Topic: Flourishing, Well-being, and Social-Emotional Learning
Session Type: Paper
In 2016 Japan started to enforce domestic legislation in the form of the Act of Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disability, along with ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2014. However, it is not clear what kind of situations would be considered cases of discrimination in relation to issues of sexuality according to this legislation. Furthermore, in March 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) made a recommendation to the Japanese government to conduct a study of the forced sterilization of women under the Eugenic Protection Act. This research is carried out against this background in which the experiences of people with disabilities have often been restricted by caregivers and family members—as evidenced by the high number of eugenics surgeries performed on people with disabilities without their consent. In this paper, I will discuss part of my method section and its associated conundrums by focusing on the participants‘ choices of method. First, the gap between what I expected and what participants actually chose regarding the means of communication with me is discussed. Second, issues surrounding the conducting of interviews in public spaces is discussed, by introducing part of my data collection adventure from my research on the topic of sexuality and people with physical disabilities in contemporary Japan. I hope that sharing this data collection adventure provides an opportunity for other researchers to think about how and where interviews on sensitive topics should take place, especially with people with physical disabilities, and how to accommodate those populations. Also, to be aware of the current situation regarding how some spaces are still hard to access for those populations.
- Think about how and where interviews on sensitive topics should take place especially with people with physical disabilities.
- Be aware of the current situation regarding how some spaces are still hard to access for people with physical disabilities.
Keywords: People with physical disabilities, sensitive topic, interview, research methods
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Dr. Etsuko SakairiThe University of Auckland - Researcher
The University of Auckland
Etsuko Sakairi, received her MA in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Auckland. She researches sexuality and the experience of people with physical disabilities in Japan.