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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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PAULINO, Ana Cristina de Oliveira Borba; COUTINHO, Maria da Penha de Lima  and  COSTA, Fabrycianne Gonçalves. Apprehend social inclusion under the eyes of social representations. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.3, pp. 773-792. ISSN 1808-4281.

This study aimed to identify social representations elaborated by visually impaired people about social inclusion. The study included 30 people aged 18 to 69 years, M = 34,2 e SD = 14,4 contacted in two public institutions that answered to a psychosocial questionnaire and in-depth interview. Data were processed by SPSS 19.0 and Alceste programs and analyzed using descriptive statistics and lexical analysis. The results showed that social representations elaborated by visually impaired people on social inclusion were objectified by the expressions: inadequate scholar environment, difficulty in urban accessibility, unprepared educational staff to deal with diversity, distance between laws and their applicability, unfamiliarity of social rights. Anchored in the dialectic inclusion / exclusion evidenced in the multifaceted aspects of this process, the statements showed that the participants are aware of the importance of education in the process of inclusion in society, since it provides access to the labor market, leisure and the conquest of citizenship. It is expected that the results can contribute to a better awareness by society in regard to social inclusion / exclusion in the context of visual impairment.

Keywords : inclusion; visual impairment; social representations; social psycology.

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