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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2008): Services for the disabled - overseas

Disability on equal terms

J. Swain and S. French (editors)

London: Sage, 2008

The book presents an authoritative collection of writings that examine and challenge traditional notions of disability. Edited and written by leading experts in the field, the book 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 personal testimonies of disabled people themselves. The book is divided into three discrete 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 within western society
  • Documents the challenges to such presumptions generated by disabled people themselves
  • Explores the implications of such challenges for policy and professional practice
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