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.




Seventy years ago, the Nazis’ … first official programme of murder targeted disabled people and became the blueprint for the Final Solution. Today, the development of pre-natal screening and a rush to legal rights for newly disabled people to assisted suicide, show that disabled people's right to life still needs to be defended … Disabled people still experience those historical values as a daily threat.

(Crow 2009)

On 8 August 2009, the disabled artist and activist Liz Crow sat on the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other project (Crow 2009). Crow wanted to increase public awareness of the Nazi ‘euthanasia’ programme of 1939–1945, in which hundreds of thousands of disabled people were murdered, as well as highlighting its contemporary relevance. ...

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