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.

Systems Explanations

Systems explanations

In this chapter, we examine systems theories, or those conceptual frameworks that explain disability as a set of interrelated parts. There are many variations and applications of systems approaches ranging from those that look at embodied or interior systems to those that examine human systems comprised of both humans and their exterior environments and even extending to systems that do not contain embodied elements such as institutional and policy systems, virtual systems, and so forth. Think, for example, of these systems: nervous system, family system, school or workplace, government, health care, and Facebook. All of these examples have the heuristics in Table 9.1 in common.

Table 9.1 System Heuristics
1.Systems theories posit that all systems are comprised of component parts that, to a greater ...
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