Our societies are facing a growing number of citizens who are losing their autonomy, whether as a result of disability, illness or even ageing. The gradual emergence of what have become a public problem and the focus of media attention has revealed a significant deficit in the transmission of knowledge about autonomy in situations of dependency. At the same time, people with disabilities, chronic illness or mental health problems have accumulated knowledge from their experiences. This experiential knowledge (Borkman, 1976) is of major societal concern. Yet it is little known, let alone disseminated.
This booklet will report on the progress of the EXPEERTs research program on rare experiential knowledge and the contexts facilitating its creation, particularly peer support (Gardien, 2018). It will also disseminate information on publications and events related to this topic.
The EXPEERTs program is an ongoing research project, carried out by a multidisciplinary team (Sociology, Anthropology, STAPS (1), History, Psychology, Public Health). It has been certified by the Institute of the Social and Human Sciences of Brittany. This program is currently funded by IRESP (French Public Health Research Institute). This work is part of the activities of the ESO laboratory (UMR CNRS 6590) and its partners.
This booklet will be of interest to all those who wish to understand what the experience of disability, chronic illness or mental health disorders can contribute on its own and in a positive way.

(1) Sciences and Techniques of Physical and Sports Activities

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