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Disability on Equal Terms 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.


Over the past ten to twenty years there has been a growing literature that has addressed disability from a social model viewpoint, that is analysing the barriers within a disablist society and challenging individual, particularly medical, models that site the problem within the person with an impairment. Such texts can be found throughout the social sciences, some in the arena of sociology, some in disability studies as an academic discipline in its own right, and some directed to specific professional audiences. This book builds on this existing literature but has a particular focus. It sets out to challenge the tragedy model of disability and impairment. It confronts presumptions about disabled people's lifestyles, quality of life, aspirations and needs. In doing so it explores the ...

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