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Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace


Thursday 27 April 2023





Online study

The Faculty of Education photographed from across the lake at night. The building is lit up and the sky is dark blue and pink

In this seminar Dr. Waitoller will be addressing the themes of his recent book, ‘Excluded by Choice’. Through powerful narratives of parents of Black and Latinx students with disabilities, this book provides a unique look at the relationship between disability, race, urban space, and market-driven educational policies.

Recording available to watch via our online repository:

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Offering significant insights into complex forms of educational exclusion, the text illustrates the actual challenges and paradoxes of school choice faced by today’s parents. Included are explanations of the kinds of injustices students with disabilities face every day, as well as resources that can be helpful for engaging in collective action aimed at improving educational services for all children.

Dr. Waitoller is an Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on urban inclusive education. In particular, his work examines and addressees policies and practices that generates or reproduces inequities for students of colour with disabilities. Dr Waitoller is also interested in examining how these inequities are affected by the production of space in urban economies and the role of teacher learning and school/university partnerships in developing capacity for inclusive education.


12:30 pm Presentation by Dr Waitoller followed by questions and discussion

Introduction by Prof Peter Hick, Professor of Inclusive Education in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University

This event will take place online.

Please note the online link for this event will be sent to you following booking

Who is this event for?

Current staff Current students


Please contact Dr Anna Mariguddi, Lecturer, specialising in music education, in the Department of Primary and Childhood Education, Faculty of Education,