This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores issues involving disability through the life courses, and is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which examines topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The concise, engaging presentational style emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.
Chapter 2: Current Issues, Controversies, and Solutions
A life course approach to disability involves a number of interrelated issues and debates across each generational stage. Key debates that stem from a critical disability studies perspective focus on the role of the family and health, the influence of policy and legislation, and the ability to enact self-determination, all of which are critical to furthering our understanding of a disability across the life course.
One of the most ubiquitous and controversial debates in a life course approach to disability centers on questions about the “worth” or “value” of a life. Such questions are underpinned by medicine, culture, religion, and/or moral beliefs. These varying approaches all have a significant role in valuing and determining what ...