Swedish Institute for Disability Research

Lots of people take for granted being able to participate and active in various situations in everyday life, but it is not as obvious to everyone. At our institute researchers come together, from different angles, developing a relatively new research area - disability research.

The Swedish Institute for Disability Research (SIDR) is a cooperation between the universities of Linköping, Örebro and Jönköping. 

Our graduate programme is the world-leading research programme in disability. Disability research is an interdisciplinary subject and covers both medical and technical, as well as behavioural and social aspects. 

Our disability research strategy sets the focus on the complex interplay between bio-psycho-social levels, which in the long term are assumed to provide the greatest explanatory and application values.

Our focus is to increase the knowledge about disability in society and thus contribute to improve the situation of persons with disabilities.

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With children in focus

Engagement in preschool and achievement and engagement in learning in grade 3 and 6 

The aim is to investigate the relationships between children’s engagement behavior and hyperactive behavior in preschool and their engagement in learning and achievement in grade 3 and 6. A longitudinal follow up study with prospective collection of data in grade 3 and 6 of children followed through preschool (1-5 years). Children’s engagement in preschool and characteristics of their preschool environment will be linked to achievement in grade 3 and 6 and engagement in grade 6.

Cooperating researchers from Jönköping University, Linköping University and Mälardalen University. Research funding by the Swedish Research Council.

Contact: Madeleine Sjöman, Jönköping University.

Doctoral programme in Special education directed towards early interventions in early childhood education

The Research School has the aim to develop applied research in educational inclusive settings, as well as to support research based practices.
The Special education interventions include activities at universal, group and individual level and engaging interactions; research-based learning practices; child assessments; and individualized teaching and learning. 

The Research School will build upon existing multidisciplinary and multi-site national, nordic and international partnerships.

Cooperating researchers from Jönköping University, Karolinska institutet, Linköping University and Stockholm University. Research funding by the Swedish Research Council.

Contact: Mats Granlund, Jönköping University.


Mental health trajectories for children and youth with disabilities in habilitation services

The three-folded aim of this program is first to follow the mental health of two groups of children with disabilities for five data collections. Second to use a co-productive design to develop and evaluate interventions designed to enhance children’s and parent’s active involvement in the intervention process. Third to relate provision of habilitation services to mental health trajectories.


Cooperating researchers from Australian Catholic University (Australia), Bloorview Research Institute (Canada), Jönköping University, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University, Mälardalen University and Örebro University. Research funding by the Swedish Research Council, Forte and Vinnova.


Contact: Mats GranlundJönköping University.

With hearing and deafness in focus

Listening habits and noise induced hearing loss among adolescents 12-15 years of age

This research project aims to investigate how long-term exposure to loud music affects hearing function among adolescents aged 12-15 years
of age. 

Hearing function and exposure to loud music is measured at baseline year one with a follow-up
at year three. Data on listening habits will be collected as well as measured output levels in the participants’ own ear buds and listening devices, which will be linked to clinical measurement of hearing function. We will also do interviews in focus groups with approximately 30 adolescents.


Cooperating researchers from Jönköping University and Örebro University. Research funding by Forte.


Contact: Stephen WidénÖrebro University.

Better communication in individuals with congenital deafblindness 

The aim is to investigate how communication between adult persons with congenital deafblindness and their interaction partners is affected by the communication ability of interaction partners.
We will use a longitudinal single-case experimental design with frequent recurring data collection for one year. Communication between adult persons with congenital deafblindness and their interaction partners is observed before and during an intervention aimed at strengthening the interaction partners' ability to communicate with the person with deafblindness.

Cooperating researchers from Jönköping University, Linköping University, Stockholm University and Örebro University. Research funding by Forte.

Contact: Emil Holmer, Linköping University.

Health and family climate in families where one parent has deaf-blindness

The aim is to describe the family-situation, the health and well-being, in family members where one parent has deafblindness.
Research has identified that deafblindness implies challenges in daily life. In order to maintain a healthy family life, the adults empathized a need for support to the individual family members, and for the whole family.
The findings can serve as a base for family support interventions. We are planning to design an intervention. 

Cooperating researchers from Jönköping University and Örebro University.
Research funding by Nyckelfonden, Forskningskommittén RÖL and MoGård.


Contact: Agneta Anderzén Carlsson, Örebro University.

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Events within the Swedish Institute for Disability Research

Public disputation in Disability Research

Erik Witte defends his thesis entitled, "The development of the Situated Phoneme (SiP) test: A swedish test of phomenic discrimination in noise for adult people with hearing loss". Opponent: Professor Thomas Brand, Oldenburg University.

Start 19 February 2021, 9.00 am
End 19 February 2021, 12.00 pm
Location Hörsal L2, Långhuset (Örebro University) and online via Zoom.
Contacts Maria Hugo-Lindén
+46 13 28 20 30

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Henrik Danielsson
Phone: +46 13 28 21 99 (Linköping University)

Stephen Widén
Director of Graduate Programme
Phone: +46 19 30 00 00 (Örebro University)

Mats Granlund
Head of research area CHILD
Phone: +46 36 10 12 21 (Jönköping University)

Maria Hugo-Lindén
Phone: +46 13 28 20 30 (Linköping University)


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Chairman: Bengt Westerberg

External board members: 
Agneta Anderzén Carlsson
Emil Holmer
Arne Jönsson
Elina Mäki-Torkko 
Sven-Åke Sjöstam

Doctoral representatives: 
Emelie Pettersson
Daniel Schöld
Ingrid Witte

Henrik Danielsson
Mats Granlund
Karina Huus
Lars-Olov Lundqvist
Stephen Widén

Secretary: Maria Hugo-Lindén