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.



Disabled people have long been critical of the role that large charities – organisations for rather than of disabled people – have had in their oppression. Charity advertising campaigns have been identified as playing a major part in perpetuating stereotypes of disabled people as poor, child-like victims, deserving of other people's pity and kindness (Rieser and Mason 1992). Charities’ concerns with raising research funding into medical causes and the elimination of impairments have reinforced ideas associating disability with illness and sent out negative messages about the experience of living with impairment (Marks 1999). Charities have been heavily involved in perpetuating the myth that disability is an individual condition and that people with different impairments have nothing to do with each other (Cameron 2011). The slogan ...

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