This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
Chapter 13: The Disabled People's Movement
The Disabled People's Movement
While the 1960s are looked back on as a decade of radical social change, little seemed to happen during this decade to progress the rights and freedoms of disabled people. As Oliver noted (2009), Bob Dylan may have sung ‘the times they are a-changin’, but this was not the experience of disabled people incarcerated within residential homes and institutions; effectively positioned as ‘socially dead’, their impairments identified as being the cause of their social problems and restrictions (Mercer 2002). Nevertheless, and although there is evidence of a longer radical tradition among groups of disabled people in Britain (Humphries and Gordon 1992), it is during the 1960s that the beginnings of a self-organised social movement of disabled people are found.