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.

Professionals

Professionals
TobyBrandon

This chapter explores what it means to be a professional with reference to three models of the way professionals work and the implications that these may have for disabled people. Historically disabled people's contact with professionals has encompassed everything from empowering respect through to extreme abuse. Within our society at different points in our lives all of us come into contact with professionals, whether a GP, dentist, police officer, teacher or social worker. However, it can be argued that disabled peoples’ frequency and intensity of contact with professionals is far greater. In addition these professionals often have increased control over the lives of disabled people in a number of appropriate and potentially inappropriate ways, for example health professionals giving social advice and social care ...

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