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Sarah Parker Harris, Tamar Heller, Abigail Schindler & Lieke van Heumen

In: Disability Through the Life Course

Chapter 2: Current Issues, Controversies, and Solutions

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Current Issues, Controversies, and Solutions
Current issues, controversies, and solutions
Sarah ParkerHarris
TamarHeller
AbigailSchindler
Liekevan Heumen

A life course approach to disability involves a number of interrelated issues and debates across each generational stage. Key debates that stem from a critical disability studies perspective focus on the role of the family and health, the influence of policy and legislation, and the ability to enact self-determination, all of which are critical to furthering our understanding of a disability across the life course.

One of the most ubiquitous and controversial debates in a life course approach to disability centers on questions about the “worth” or “value” of a life. Such questions are underpinned by medicine, culture, religion, and/or moral beliefs. These varying approaches all have a significant role in valuing and determining what ...

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