Disability, the family, and society: listening to mothers

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Open University Press, Mar 1, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 139 pages
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Circumstances dictate that many mothers play a central role in the upbringing of their disabled children. Mothers and children often find themselves involved in an unusually intimate and protracted relationship. This book explores mothers' perspectives about the ways that they find themselves acting as mediators between their children and a world that can be hostile to their interests. It takes as its starting point a study in which mothers from diverse backgrounds detail the ways in which they attempt to represent their children to the world, and the world to their children in both formal and informal interactions. They describe challenging discussions with children and other family members as well as battles and negotiations elsewhere. Their particular experiences and perspectives are linked to wider research and theory on motherhood and caring, the life patterns of disabled children and their families, and the discrimination faced by disabled children and adults.

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Janet Read is a qualified social worker and lecturer in Applied Social Studies at the University of Warwick. She teaches at undergraduate and graduate levels and has been responsible for developing post-qualifying programmes for experienced practitioners and manages in the social care field. She undertakes multidisciplinary training and consultancy in the public and voluntary sectors. She has written widely on services for disabled children, adults and their families. Luke Clements is a solicitor and Senior Research Fellow of the School of Law, Cardiff University. He has written widely on community care and the rights of disabled people and undertakes training in the public and voluntary sectors. He has extensive legal experience of representing disabled children, adults and their families.