Presenting fully integrative text covering disability from a variety of disciplines
This innovative text first reviews existing theories, then sets forth a new viewpoint that incorporates elements from disability studies, sociology, human services, rehabilitation counseling, and public health. Authors Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen French Gilson explore the history of disability with a focus on both Western and non-Western cultures, examine the historical conceptions of disability and how they have affected the lives and civil rights of the disabled, and explore a wide range of both classic and new and emerging theories. The book concludes with a section on application of theory to practice and policy in the professional and public realm and the recommendation of a socially just community.
Chapter 15: Legitimate Professional Responses
Legitimate Professional Responses
Chapter 15 examines how diverse professions currently define and respond to disability. We provide some direction in this chapter for rethinking professional research, knowledge, and praxis in the fields of public health, medicine, rehabilitation, education, social work, psychology, engineering, architecture, and business but wait until the next chapter to advance and illustrate a theoretical synthesis to guide action that disassembles the disability park while promoting full juncture.
We realize that each of the professions is multifaceted and complex and that there are variations in the manner in which practice is enacted. We therefore address general knowledge and tenets that unify each profession as the basis for thinking about current and future possibilities for refashioning disability legitimacy.
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