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.



It is nigh on impossible to escape the fact that advances in healthcare, in particular in the West, have resulted in increased life expectancy. Yet many older people face physical, environmental, psycho-emotional and attitudinal barriers to meaningful inclusion. Recent high-profile cases have highlighted older people facing a lack of access to even the most basic of provision and support which most non-disabled people in Western society take for granted.

This chapter uses the social model of disability, described by Oliver (2004), as a tool to explore ageing and the experiences of older people. It introduces key concepts in the commonalities and differences between ageing and disability, and asks what can be learnt from dialogue between them. Significant aspects of that dialogue include: the experiences of ...

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