Det er godt sådan i det hele taget at kunne sige, hvad man vil og ikke vil” – Børn med funktionshæmning og deres refleksioner omkring deltagelse og indflydelse på eget liv

  • Christina Strandholdt Andersen
  • Ole Petter Askheim
  • Anne-Stine Dolva


When it comes to children with disabilities and their reflections on participation and influence in
their everyday lives, there is very little research. The study has a phenomenological-hermeneutic
approach and participatory methods over time. Together with three children aged 9–12 the study
explores their experiences of participation and influence in their everyday lives based on article
12 in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The children’s reflections are connected to the
recognition theory of Axel Honneth. The children believe that it is important to be able to express
their own opinion and to have influence and that the main preconditions are a sense of feeling
secure and believing in oneself. At the same time, they are well aware of possible factors, which
can affect their participation and influence, such as their own disability or the surroundings, to
which they relate. The study finally discusses how the relational approach to disability may relate
to the children’s experience of recognition and ensuring their right to have a say.