Welcome to bidok

bidok (behinderung - integration - dokumentation) provides articles on "Disability" and "Inclusive Education". Although a large part of the articles are written in German, we have also begun publishing articles written in English.

More information about the project is available on the About bidok page.

Articles in alphabetical order by topics


Verena Oberhöller-Brown: About the Portrait of Elisabeth: between recognition and projection

Shirley Salmon: Interview with Dame Evelyn Glennie

Hila Kohner: Between Flowers and Disability: A Portrait of a Disabled Man in Ambras Castle

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Disability Studies

Petra Flieger: The participatory approach of the research project "Painting of a disabled Man."

Volker Schönwiese: The Painting of a Disabled Man. Study on the representation of disability and its relevance for today.

Rebecca Mallett: The Portrait of a Disabled Man. Scientific review of the film.

Christian Mürner, Volker Schönwiese: Wolfgang Gschaidter - Symbol of Innsbruck

Darja Zavrišek: Communities of Gatekeepers and Communities of Advocates: Being Disabled in Eastern Europe

Darja Zavrišek: Disabled Women Everyday Citizenship Rights in East Europe:Examples from Slovenia

Darja Zavrišek: Service Users Involvement In Research And Teaching

Lisa Pfahl, Justin J. W. Powell: Subversive Status. Disability Studies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Christoph Tschanz: Subversive Status. Disability Studies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland



Michael Wunder: Biomedicine and Bioethics - The Human Being as Optimisation Project. 1999.

Inclusive Education / School

Ines Boban: Some aspects of the experiences in integration in regular schools in Hamburg - Paper for the conference "All together (k)now" in Utrecht. Hamburg: Unpublished Script, 1991.

Len Barton: From Exclusion to Inclusion: Barriers and Possibilities in Relation to Disabled Learners. 2008.

Nicola Cuomo:

Georg Feuser: Inclusive Education - Education all Children and young people together in pre-school establishments and schools. Thesis, 1998.

Lisa Pfahl, Justin J.W. Powell: Legitimating School Segregation. in: Disability & Society 26/2, S. 449-462

Shirley Salmon: Inclusion and Orff-Schulwerk. in: Musicworks Vol. 15, nr. 1, Sydney 2010.

Shirley Salmon: Musica Humana-thoughts on humanistic aspects of Orff-Schulwerk. in: Haselbach, B (Hg.) Orff-Schulwerk Informationen 87, 2012.

Theoretical Basics / In General

Elith Berg: 30 years with the normalization principle. Lecture, 1991.

Franz Dotter: Computer for the Deaf (and Hearing-Impaired): Towards an Integrated Solution from a Linguistic Standpoint.

Georg Feuser: "All Men will Become Brothers..." Time and Rhythm as Basic Processes of Life and Understanding. 2008.

Georg Feuser: The Relation between the View of the Human Being and Inclusive Education - "There Are No Mentally Handicapped!" Speech in the Austrian Parliament, 1996.

Georg Feuser: From Segregation via Integration to Inclusion

Shirley Salmon: Music for Everyone - the challenge of people with special needs. Guadalajara, 1999.

Tobias Schaffrik: The Work of Alfred Lorenzer. 2002.

Volker Schönwiese: Children and Youths with Handicaps and their Parents - the Dynamics of Self-organization and Professional Forms of Help. 1994.

Darja Zavrišek: A Historical Overview of Women´s Hysteria in Slovenia. 2007.


Monika Aly: Attending To instead of Intervention Milani´s and Pikler's Influence on the Therapy of handicapped children. 1997.

Psychosocial Work

Darja Zaviršek, Sven Hessle: Between Formal and Actual Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Slovenia

Darja Zaviršek: Social Work with Adults with Disabilities. An International Perspective

Darja Zaviršek: Critical Commentary: Social Work with Adults with Disabilites. An International Perspective


Book Recommendations

Dietmut Niedecken: Nameless - Understanding Learning Disability

Is learning disability determined from birth?

Psychoanalysis has always striven to reconstruct damaged human subjectivity. However, with a few exceptions, people with learning disabilities have long been excluded from this enterprise as a matter of course. It has been taken for granted that learning disability is a deficient state in which psychodynamics play but a minor role and where development is irrevocably determined by organic conditions.

First published in German in the 1980s and published here in English for the first time, this brave and provocative book was one of the first to attempt to understand learning disabilities in terms of psychoanalysis and sociopsychology. Controversially, the author does not distinguish between a primary organic handicap and a secondary psychological one; rather, she argues that it is developed from the very outset of the process of socialization during the interaction of care-giver and infant, and therefore gives the analyst room to work on this maladapted socialization. She illustrates the effektiveness of this theory when put into practice in a number of illuminating case studies.

Still as influential and powerful as when it was first published, this book will be of interest to psychoanalysts and clinicians from across the mental health services who work with people with learning disabilities.

About the Author

Dietmut Niedecken, born in Germany, studied educational science and music at the Univesity of Hamburg, and Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music, Londong. She now works in private practice with children and young people, as well as supervising and lecturing trainee child psychoanalysts.


Mario Erdheim, Introduction.
Part I: 'Learning Disability' as an Institution and the Forgotten Human Dimension.
Part II: The Interface between Institution and Fate.
Part III: The Process of Developing Learning Disabilities. The Creation of Potential Space - Coenaesthetic Experience and Mimetic Competence. The Withholding of Potential Space. Potential Space Demolished and the Invasion of Phantasms.
Part IV: The Enactment of Soul Murder. 'Little Mongols', 'Down´s Children' or: the Contempt of Adjusted People. Autistic Perceptive Disorder and the Mystification of Resistance.
Part V: From Anxiety to Technological Treatment Strategies. Impotence, the Taboo of Hate and Conditioning Fear of the Void and People Making.
Part VI: Attempts at Breaking Out. Sound - Accompaniment and Mediation in the Long Search for the Name.
Part VII: A Child Without Behavioural Difficulties. Emerging from the State of Numbness. Psychotherapy without Words. Final Farewell.
Part VIII: Possessed by the Devil. Gaining Space. A Storm Brewing and Catastrophe.

1-58391-942-2, 2003, 272 pages. £24,99 / $39,95 hardback
Published by Brunner-Routledge (www.brunner-routledge.co.uk)

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