This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores ethical, legal, and policy issues of people with disabilities, 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, specialistsset 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 presentational style (concise and engaging) 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.

Introduction, Background, and History

Introduction, background, and history

Ethics, Law, and Policy: How are they Different, How are they Linked?

This volume is about disability law, policy, and ethics, so the first question that needs to be addressed is, how are these three things related, what is the link between them? This is not an easy question—it is far easier to describe, as we will below, how ethics, law, and policy differ—but it is an important question. Are law, policy, and ethics on separate, but parallel tracks? Are they just different things with no reliable connection between them? Or does one of them, say ethics, inform or even determine the content of the other two? Since law, policy, and ethics are all complex social phenomena, any answer ...

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