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 might at first seem unreasonable to take issue with the aspirations of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) expressed here:
Athletes and the Paralympic Games are at the heart of our Movement. Their performances and incredible stories teach the values of acceptance and appreciation for people with a disability. The Paralympic Movement builds a bridge which links sport with social awareness thus contributing to the development of a more equitable society with respect and equal opportunities for all individuals.
(International Paralympics Committee 2012)
Aims of the IPC involve the ‘enablement’ and ‘empowerment’ of disabled athletes from beginner to elite level in order to ‘inspire and delight’ and ‘touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society’ (International Paralympics Committee 2012). Paralympic values include ‘courage’, ‘determination’, ‘inspiration’ ...