From immobility to realization: the steps of a path of creation

Christina Cupertino, 2006

Keywords: gifted and talented, high abilities, gifted disabled people

This paper describes and analyses the life of a talented painter, following up her path and metamorphosis. We talk about the life of E., who has a severe physical disability that has kept her tied to a hospital bed for 29 years, and how the discovery of her talent as a painter was important to change her existence and make it significant. Through a qualitative case study, we tried to understand how she lives daily and how she deals with both her disability and her talent. Supported by excerpts of Elaine’s reports evidencing her changes, we share our reflections and those of the theoreticians who discuss identity, stigma and talent development.

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