chapter  7
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Beginning from disability to study a corporate organization of learning

ByKATHRYN CHURCH, CATHERINE FRAZEE, MELANIE PANITCH

This chapter speaks to the social relations of learning as they are lived by people with disabilities who are employed by a large corporation. After positioning the case study conceptually and methodologically, we pursue what happened along these dimensions as we implemented the project.1 We note the ways in which doing research with a corporate partner fundamentally shaped the possibilities for inquiry and expression. We highlight the debate over whether employees should disclose a disability in the workplace along with two other findings.2 The first points to the invisible work of informal instruction about bodily difference that disabled employees do in order to facilitate job performance. The second addresses the question of how disabled employees relate to new technologies. Reflecting on the study as a whole, we suggest four promising directions for organizational practice drawn from the learning of disabled employees at work.3