Disability and the professional accountant: insights from oral histories

Angus Duff, John Ferguson

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Purpose - This paper aims to explore the intersection of disability and accounting employment.

Design/methodology/approach - The paper uses oral history accounts of 12 disabled accountants. The authors investigate narrators' experiences of being disabled people and professional accountants, identify the barriers they encounter in professional employment, and how they (re)negotiate professional work.

Findings - The narrators' accounts are complex and diverse. The narratives record a discourse of success, offset by the consistent identification of social and environmental barriers relating to limited opportunities, resources, and support.

Originality/value - The paper develops the limited research on the relationship between disability and the accounting profession, expands the limited literature on disabled professionals' experience of work, provides voice for disabled accountants, adds to the limited oral histories available within accounting, and augments the accumulated literature considering the accounting profession and minorities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-101
JournalAccounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Accounting profession
  • Disability
  • Oral history
  • Employment
  • Narratives


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