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Estudios Socio-Jurídicos

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ARCIDIACONO, Pilar  and  BARRERA, Leticia. Civil Society Activism for Inclusive Education in the Judicial Field. A Case of Study. Estud. Socio-Juríd [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.2, pp.51-76. ISSN 0124-0579.

Alan Rodriguez is a young man with Down syndrome who attended a private school in the mainstream school system in the City of Buenos Aires. However, after completing high school and despite having passed all subjects he did not receive his diploma. Instead, he got a nonofficial certificate that did no accredit "the completion" of his studies. Consequently, Alan and his family decided to file a law suit against the government of the City of Buenos Aires (GCBA) and the school demanding that they grant him the official certificate of graduation.

Drawing on the analysis of this judicial case, in a context of civil society's activism, this article approaches the subject of inclusive education of people with disabilities as a field of tensions and disputes that emerge among different social actors (and their practices, narratives, and moralities). These conflicts challenge the social approach to disability promoted by international treaties, constitutional norms and some national statutes. This, in turn, paves the way to practices that make inclusive education ambiguous and uncertain.

Keywords : activism; inclusive education; disability; judicialization.

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