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.




The concept of inclusion needs first to be distinguished from that of integration. Education and social welfare policies with integration as their aim have usually been underpinned by deficit models of disability and have regarded it as desirable that disabled people are drawn into society and its processes. In this view the exclusion of disabled people from the social mainstream has been the unplanned consequence of society's historic development, and can be amended through paternalistic policy (Oliver and Barnes 2012). It is not seen that society is ‘at fault’, or in need of change, but that disabled people need to become assimilated within existing social norms and adjusted to social environments developed by and for a non-disabled population (Drake 1999). The onus for change within ...

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