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.

Resilience

Resilience
KatherineRunswick-Cole and DanGoodley

How can we understand resilience in the lives of disabled people? Is the concept of resilience a useful one for disabled people and for Disability Studies as a discipline? This chapter explores two stories about resilience. The assumptions on which these stories rest are identified and held up to scrutiny so that an alternative, enabling view of resilience in the lives of disabled people is developed. The chapter draws on material from a recently completed research project, Resilience in the Lives of Disabled People Across the Life Course (Runswick-Cole and Goodley 2012, see http://disability-resilience.posterous.com).

Christa Brelsford lost her right leg when she was caught under falling debris during the earthquake in Haiti in January … Now, with the help of a prosthetic leg, ...

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