Disability from a Humanistic Perspective: Towards a Better Quality of Life

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Nova Publishers, 2008 - Social Science - 237 pages
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The objective of this book is to advance awareness and sensitivity towards the special social and personal needs of people with all kinds of disabilities, of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. It proposes a theoretical background for understanding the situation of people with disabilities. It also introduces an innovative, practical work method, i.e., the CIL which helps this population cope with the social and personal hardships it faces. This book is intended to serve as a tool for anyone engaged in promoting the welfare of people with disabilities. In summary: the book is based on theory and research, including the experience of practical application. It discusses the implications of the theory for universal practice and draws on real-work examples and practices to illustrate points.
 

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Contents

The Social Revolution of People with Disabilities Vision and Reality
1
Social Inclusion
27
Barriers to Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities
43
The Ecological Model
73
The Individual and the Environment Implications for Social Education
115
GroupBased Social Education Programs
141
Towards Social Inclusion The Cycle of Internalized Learning A GroupBased Model and Method for Nurturing Autonomy and Independent Living i...
169
References
201
Index
225
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