Intellectual Disability: Social Approaches

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Open University Press, Sep 1, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 262 pages
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"This book has an unusual format, and its intentions and underlying constructions are stimulating.
.This is a critical text that should be required reading for all students of health, disability, social medicine, therapy and nursing programmes. At the price, currently 19.99, it represents excellent value for money and is affordable for individual students to purchase."

.Learning Disability Practice

.."This could have been a triumphant book; instead it is a sober one, and far more useful for it Based on an around-the-world tour of countries where the concepts of normalization and Social Role Valorization have been influential, the book offers a comparative account of the ways these ideas have worked out in seven different national contexts more than thirty years after their introduction."
.From the Foreword by John OBrien, The Centre on Human Policy, Syracuse University, USA

.. "In addition to its useful comparative approach this text demystifies and clarifies a number of complex issues."
.Iain Carson, University of Manchester, UK


  • How do services in different countries vary across the lifespan?.
  • What lessons can the different countries learn from one another?..Based on the authors own experience from over thirty years in the field, this thought-provoking book offers a comparative study of services for people with intellectual disabilities in seven countries: England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the USA. Through the authors discussions with people with intellectual disabilities, parents and families, and those involved with services at a professional and academic level, the book provides a critical reflection on intellectual disability services across the lifespan.

    ..Each chapter contains the following key features:

    • A brief Instant Impacts reflection of an incident or a person encountered in the country concerned .
    • A short history of services in the country and a summary of the current service system.
    • A detailed look at services through the age range, including issues around screening and pre-birth.
    • Drawing on the authors own experience of being a parent of a child with intellectual disabilities, Adams World Tour boxes include a summary of the authors views on the likely services Adam might receive in the country concerned
    ..Intellectual Disability is key reading for students of social work, learning disability nursing, social policy and community work, as well as those training to work with people with intellectual disabilities in health and social care services. Because of its unique approach, however, it is as relevant to families of people with intellectual disabilities as it is to professionally qualified practitioners and policy makers..
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    About the author (2007)

    Dr David Race is a full time member of staff in the School of Community, Health Sciences and Social Care at the University of Salford. He holds a BSc in Management Sciences from UMIST, a PGCE in primary education from Sheffield City Polytechnic and a PhD on services for adults with learning disabilities, awarded by Reading University. Dr Race has taught in a number of academic areas, most notably learning disability, social policy, management in human services, and social role valorization theory. He has also been involved in a considerable amount of service training, both in the UK and overseas, especially the USA and Canada. Dr Race currently teaches on a number of courses in the school, specifically at various points on the joint programme in Nursing and Social Work (Learning Disability), on the Level I module on Law and Social Policy, on the Level II Research Methods module, and on the Professional Studies degree programme in Registration and Inspection. Since coming to Salford he has been engaged in setting up a major cross-cultural research project on learning disability services, as well as establishing and leading a new MA in Learning Disability Studies. The two most recent of many publications are Learning Disability - a Social Approach (Routledge 2002, as editor and author of four chapters) and Leadership and Change in Human Services: Selected Readings from Wolf Wolfensberger. (Routledge 2003, as editor and commentator). .

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