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My research is concerned with disability and society, with a particular focus on autism and related conditions. I have expertise in participatory policymaking and participatory and emancipatory research.


Key expertise

Autism; developmental/intellectual disabilities; mental health; Quality of Life / Family Quality of Life; patient/client/learner participation; ; DPOs and other forms of self-organisation and self-advocacy by disabled people; participatory policymaking; self-determination and independent living for disabled adults; human rights of disabled persons; disability and criminal justice; disability and access to food; disability and housing; media representations of disability and their impact; family support; history of disability

Qualitative research methods: emancipatory and participatory research methods; interviews; focus groups; arts-based methods; oral history; archival history research

Quantitative methods: questionnaires and structured observation

Ancillary activities

  • Disability Studies in Nederland | De Meern | Contract researcher | 2022-10-03 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


Key clients


NL: ZonMW; Erasmus2; Amsterdam Public Health; Disability Studies in Nederland; Ministerie van Binnenlande Zaken; Revalidatiefonds

UK: National Autistic Society; Department of Education/Children, School and Families; Autism Education Trust; Ambitious About Autism; Craegmoor

US: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Tourette Syndrome Association


Key products / projects from last 5 years

  • IMAGE project (2018-2021), funded via Erasmus2 and involving consortium of 5 EU/UK universities

  • Sex, gender identity and (older) age: Impacts on healthcare disparities for women with autism in the Netherlands (ongoing, 2018-2019), funded by ZonMW

  • Journeys towards mental health: Learning from the mental health care and social re-integration experiences of migrant women (ongoing, 09/2018-12/2018), funded by Amsterdam Public Health and involving consortium with AMC and Equator Foundation

  • Belemmeringen bij Europese politieke ambtsdragers met een Beperking (ongoing, 08/2018-02/2019), with Disability Studies in Nederland, funded by Ministrie van Binnelandse Zaken

  • Included in Training and Work, 2017, participatory research and policy development project on inclusive vocational education, funded by Lorentz Centre/University of Leiden

    Key output:

    Waltz, M. [ed.] (2017) Included in Training and Work: Transforming Policies and Practices for Disabled People. Amersfoort: Disability Studies in Nederland.

  • Evaluation of Ieder(in)’s Week van de Toegankelijkheid campaign on access to food/dining for disabled people, 2016, funded by Revalidatiefonds

  • Research on autism and housing for Academische Werkplaats Autisme, a national Dutch research consortium funded by ZonMW, 2015.

Key outputs:

Waltz, M., Beltman, M.A.C. and Cardol, M. (2016) Autism and Housing / Autisme en Wonen.

Waltz, M. and Cardol, M. (2015) Becoming independent: The independent living needs and wishes of young adults with autism, and their woontrainingcentrum experiences. Rotterdam: Kenniscentrum Zorginnovatie.


Programme coordinator:

Research Masters Global Health

Global Health Summer School

Course coordinator/lecturer/tutor, 2017-2023:

  • Research Methods for Global Health

  • Clinical Trials and Health Care

  • International Public Health

  • Key Strategies in Disability & Neuropathy

  • Disability & Development

  • Future Challenges in Global Health

Contributed lectures to:

  • International Public Health

  • Future Challenges in Global Health

  • Global Health summer school

  • Global Mental Health summer school

  • Academic Writing for Global Health
  • Health, Globalisation and Human Rights
  • Science Museology

Stage and thesis begeleider

  • MPA
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Research Masters Global Health

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Academic qualification

Masters in History: Health and Medical Humanities, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

31 Jan 202031 Dec 2022

Award Date: 31 Jan 2023

Media and Cultural Studies, PhD, Representations of autism and their impact on research and treatment, University of Sunderland

Award Date: 14 Jul 2006

Journalism, Bachelor, San Francisco State University

Award Date: 20 May 1988


  • LC Special aspects of education
  • Special educational needs
  • Disability Studies
  • Autism
  • History of disability
  • Medical history
  • public policy
  • disability
  • intellectual disability
  • Mental health
  • participation


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