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 Personal Tragedy Model

The Personal Tragedy Model

The personal tragedy model

During the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics there was much media coverage of the journey of the Olympic torch and the torchbearers who carried it, many of whom were disabled people. There were plenty of news stories about ‘inspirational’ people who had ‘overcome disability’. A number of torchbearers even struggled from their wheelchairs to walk the final yards of their parts of the route before handing the torch over. These people have been described in local and national media as ‘sufferers’ displaying ‘tenacity’, ‘sheer courage and determination’, and as ‘defying the odds’; ‘personifying the spirit and courage of an inspiring day’, and ‘winning the hearts of the thousands of people who lined the streets’ (BBC 2012; This is ...

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