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.



Given the overwhelmingly negative representation of disability encountered in daily life, it is unsurprising that many people with impairments seek to distance themselves from identifying personally, or being identified by others, as disabled. The following statement made by a disabled woman expresses this fairly clearly:

People have expected me to take the nicely paved path laid out for the disabled. They expected me not to try, not to accomplish, and not to succeed. That map was tossed out long ago. I have followed my own path as a person, a woman, who happens to have a physical disability.

(Hyatt 2008: unpaged)

In this chapter, however, I will argue that acknowledging disabled identity orientates disabled people differently, from a position of strength, in relation to choices and decisions

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