Disability on Equal Terms

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John Swain, Sally French
SAGE, Mar 17, 2008 - Medical - 216 pages
'Disability on Equal Terms is not a Turgid and difficult book despite its accent on complex and challenging themes. It is a lively and important read' - The Skill Journal, June 2009

`[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

This authoritative collection of writings examines and challenges traditional notions of disability. Edited and written by leading experts in the field, it 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 views, experiences, work and personal testimonies of disabled people themselves.

The book is divided into three 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

" 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 will be essential reading for those studying disability studies, social work, nursing, and allied health and social care at all levels. It will also be a thought-provoking and inspiring read for disabled people and activists, professionals and policy makers.

John Swain is based in the School of Health, Community and Education Studies at Northumbria Univeristy. Sally French is based at the Open Univeristy. Previous publications include the co-edited Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments, Second Edition (SAGE, 2004).

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Section I The Tragedy View of Impairment and Disability
5
1 There but for Fortune
7
2 Disability Genetics and Eugenics
21
3 Disabled in Images and Language
31
4 Institutional Abuse
42
5 The Narratives of Disabled Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
52
Section II From A Different Viewpoint
63
Section III On Equal Terms
127
11 On Equal Terms
129
12 In Practice from the Viewpoint of an Occupational Therapist
142
13 In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Physiotherapist
150
Exploring New Personal and Professional Narratives
156
15 In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Disabled Nurse
164
16 In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Social Worker
171
17 In Practice from the Viewpoint of Disabled People
177

6 Affirming Identity
65
Disability Arts and Collective Identity
79
8 The Art of Affirming Identity
90
9 An Exploration of Quality of Life of Adults with Haemophilia
104
10 Disabled Peoples Testimonies
115
Some Reflections on Key Questions
184
References
187
Index
206
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About the author (2008)

John Swain is Professor of Disability and Inclusion at Northumbria University.

Sally French is an associate lecturer at the Open University.

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