Disabilities and Livelihoods: Developing a Framework Fact Sheet

Livelihoods represent the means by which people meet their needs and that of their family and community.

What is a Livelihoods Framework?

  • A tool used to understand the opportunities and challenges faced by people living in poverty and how, in response to those realities, they make choices in their lives (Levine, 2014)
  • People’s options are shaped by many factors including gender, disability status, and race.
  • We believe that a livelihood framework should be intersectional, meaning that we need to consider how identities come together. For example, Bob has fewer choices because he has experienced the intersection of his race and social class.     

Why use a Livelihoods Framework?

  • Better understand how people with disabilities not only survive, but thrive!
  • Provides a holistic understanding of livelihoods, not just paid-work and other financial objective

What key questions are we asking?

We are interested in answering questions that fill the gap between existing policy and lived experiences of people with disabilities

  • How do other social locations (e.g. gender, race, language) interact with disability to shape experiences of livelihoods?
  • To what extent does managing impairments affect experiences and livelihood choices?
  • What are the relationships between income support and other forms of livelihood?
  • How do different forms of livelihood work together to enable getting the necessities of life?
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