About us

DISNDisability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) is a specialised department for research and teaching concerning children and young people with diverse needs. We have over 30 academic staff and some 130 doctoral researchers engaged in promoting inclusion through multi-disciplinary working, researching the role of mainstream and special schools and pedagogies, and educational achievement. Members of DISN adopt a broad range of theoretical positions in relation to the field of special needs education and the synergy generated from these different perspectives is one of the department’s strengths.

The department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs is unique worldwide in its depth and scope of expertise. Research has been undertaken in many parts of the world including Brazil, Canada, Dubai, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Malta, The Philippines, South Africa, Uganda and the USA.

Head of Department, Dr Linda Watson provides an overview of DISN, its skills, courses and research.

Contact Details

Dr Linda Watson
Head of Department
Email: l.m.watson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Graeme Douglas
Deputy Head of Department (research)
Email: g.g.a.douglas@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mike McLinden
Deputy head of department (teaching)
Email: m.t.mclinden@bham.ac.uk