In this paper, we describe the process of transformative co-authorship between researchers and a participant with disabilities. The researchers were conducting a larger study that aimed to identify different factors that shaped individuals with disabilities to assume leadership roles. Drawing from interview data obtained from the participant, one researcher wrote a poem that provided a stage for the researchers and the participant to engage in reflexive process that transformed the researchers-participant relationship to that of co-authors. This paper describes this transformative process and what everyone learned from this enriching experience.
Leadership, Disability, Qualitative Research Methods, Arts-based Research, Participatory Research
We thank India Vision Foundation for funding the original study through the Reeta Peshawaria-Menon Fellowship Award which provided data for this paper.
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Cousik, R., Mishra, P., & Rang, M. K. (2017). Writing with the ‘Other’: Combining Poetry and Participation to Study Leaders with Disabilities. The Qualitative Report, 22(11), 3039-3054. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss11/15