This is the first book on working with disabled people to take an aspirational, outcomes-focused approach to professional practice. It forms the first attempt to grapple with the massive legislative and policy shifts in the disability field in the last 15 years and provides an up-to-date, positive approach to professional practice, based on the social model of disability. Disability, Policy and Professional Practice translates both adult and childrens' disability legislation and policy guidance into positive, creative, enabling practice methods for professionals in social care, health, employment and independent living.
The book takes a practical approach that challenges professionals to confront key issues in disability studies, policy and practice. The key topics covered are:
- The Historical Legacy, Legislation, Policy and Guidance
- Community Care and Beyond
- Pivotal Moments in the development of disability policy
- Independent Living, Choices and Rights
- Life course Issues
- Valuing Diversity
- Key Challenges for an aspiring social model practitioner
This book is an indispensable resource for all professionals and students working with disabled people.
In this book we have portrayed the journey that disability policy has undergone over successive years, following key enactments of legislation. In tracing these changes, it is apparent that the world for disabled people is very different now than it was in 1900 or 1800. Many of the reforms that have taken place owe their ...