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Disability on Equal Terms

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August 2009 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Disability on Equal Terms presents an authoritative collection of writings that examine and challenge traditional notions of disability. Edited and written by leading experts in the field, the book offers a multidisciplinary approach to disability studies, incorporating perspectives from a wide range of health and social care services, as well as a distinct and unique emphasis on the personal testimonies of disabled people themselves.

The book is divided into three discrete sections, each of which is prefaced by an editorial introduction which brings together the key themes and issues under discussion. Each section:
  • Examines the dominant assumptions about disability and impairment and their historical and cultural contexts within western society
  • Documents the challenges to such presumptions generated by disabled people themselves
  • Explores the implications of such challenges for professional policy and practice
This ground-breaking book is essential reading for those studying disability studies, social work, nursing, and allied health and social care at all levels. It is also a thought-provoking and inspiring read for disabled people and activists, professionals, and policy makers.

 
PART ONE: THE TRAGEDY VIEW OF IMPAIRMENT AND DISABILITY
Sally French and John Swain
There But For Fortune
Tom Shakespeare
Disability, Genetics and Eugenics
Margaret Taylor
Disabled in Images and Language
Colin Goble
Institutional Abuse
Martina Higgins
The Narratives of Disabled Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
 
PART TWO: FROM A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT
John Swain and Sally French
Affirming Identity
Alan Sutherland
Choices, Rights and Cabaret
Disability Arts and Collective Identity  
Toby Brandon and Alice Elliot
The Art of Affirming Identity
Karen Beeton
An Exploration of the Quality of Life of Adults with Haemophilia
Jasvinder, Arlene, Geoff and Alice
Disabled People's Testimonies
 
PART THREE: ON EQUAL TERMS
John Swain and Sally French
On Equal Terms
Elaine Ballantyne and Andrew Muir
In Practice from the Viewpoint of an Occupational Therapist
Anna-Stina with Sally French and John Swain
In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Physiotherapist
Carole Pound
Communication Disability
Exploring New Personal and Professional Narratives  
Rachael Spain
In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Disabled Nurse
Maureen Gillman
In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Social Worker
Clare Evans
In Practice from the Viewpoint of Disabled People

`Sally French and John Swain have put together a collection of highly readable and scholarly essays that reflect both the theoretical and practical implications of recent developments in the field. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in disability: highly recommended' - Colin Barnes, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds


The book will be used as recommended reading next time it is offered. Furthermore I will suggest to some students with particular interest in this field that they buy the book and use it for their final projects.

Mr Snaefridur Egilson
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Akureyri
November 12, 2012

This is an excellent book for students seeking to understand disability. There are insightful and thought provoking chapters, that acknowledge both the signifcant milestones in disability politics alongside discussion as to future challenges. There is a welcome reference to disability arts. The final section provides useful 'viewpoints' from disabled peoples perspectives and the various social/health/threapy professions

Navin Kikabhai
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
January 31, 2012

This book is interesting and may fit in to the course we are planning in disability care.

Dr Thomas Strandberg
School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University
December 18, 2011

A really good insight into the preception of disability. Particularly liked the 'Disability, Eugenics and Genetics' chapter by Shakespeare and the chapters on identity- thought provoking in a positive way.

Mrs Andrea Bailey
Social Work, Advice Work & Soc Studies, Staffordshire University
November 17, 2011

The material provides excellent insight for the students

Mrs Karen Kinghorn
Social Policy, The University of Salford
September 7, 2010

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