This path-breaking Handbook of Disability Studies signals the emergence of a vital new area of scholarship, social policy and activism. Drawing on the insights of disability scholars around the world and the creative advice of an international editorial board, the book engages the reader in the critical issues and debates framing disability studies and places them in an historical and cultural context. Five years in the making, this one volume summarizes the ongoing discourse ranging across continents and traditional academic disciplines. The Handbook answers the need expressed by the disability community for a thought provoking, interdisciplinary, international examination of the vibrant field of disability
Chapter 4: Definitions, Models, Classifications, Schemes, and Applications
Definitions, Models, Classifications, Schemes, and Applications
It has been observed that there is no neutral language with which to discuss disability (Williams 1996; Zola 1993; Linton 1998), and yet the tainted language itself and the categories used influence the definition of the ...