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.



I describe myself as ‘neurodiversive’, which already means you will have to think hard about notions of ‘need’ as you read this chapter.

In the context of understanding the relationship between disability and impairment, it is necessary to examine the notion of whether people with impairments really do have additional needs. Are these needs conditioned by an impaired person's experience of embodiment, or by some psychological and cognitive difference that predisposes one to engage the negotiation of ‘need’ from a different perspective?

The way I think about it is that the individual is never divorced from society, even when shipwrecked and alone. For instance, the way in which Robinson Crusoe met his individual need for survival was absolutely conditioned by his prior experience of the social ...

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