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.
Chapter 48: Traveller Identity
This chapter attempts to raise awareness of the experiences, culture and identity of disabled people who are members of the Traveller community. In exploring the particular issues and concerns for disabled Travellers, the focus will be on racism, ableism and access to culturally appropriate service provision. The definition of Traveller culture includes nomadism, the importance of the extended family, Traveller language (Cant), music and the Traveller economy. For the purpose of this chapter, Traveller identity and disability will be explored partly through my own experience as a disabled Traveller. While sharing my ethnicity with the general Irish population, I am also part of an indigenous separate ethnic minority group.
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