Disabling barriers-- enabling environments

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Open University, Mar 2, 1993 - Medical - 307 pages
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t This accessible and engaging text presents a new approach to the understanding of disability, based on the experience of injustice and growing collective identity of disabled people. The major theme of the book is that 'disability' is caused by the way society is organized. Disabled people are presented with numerous social, structural and economic barriers and denied the opportunity of full citizenship and equal opportunities. The contributors demonstrate the many ways in which disabled people have taken the initiative in reshaping both the meaning of disability and the services and support available to them. The notion that disability is either a medical condition or a 'personal tragedy' is strongly challenged, and the marginalized position of black disabled people and disabled women is also addressed. Focusing on the barriers which disabled people encounter in education, housing, leisure and employment, this book critically reviews professional practice and describes alternative models of support which give disabled people control over their own lives. Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments, which has been developed as the Course Reader for the Open University course The Disabling Society, is an ideal text for all those working with disabled people, including those practising and studying in the health, welfare, education, employment and social services.

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Johh Swain is Reader in Disability Studies and Principal Lecturer in Research, in the Faculty of Health, Social Work and Education at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sally French is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at King Alfred's College of Higher Education, London.

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