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Journal article

Conductive education and the politics of disablement

Author:
READ Janet
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 13(2), April 1998, pp.279-293.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Discusses how conductive education has been characterised by some disabled academics as an intervention that is oppressive to disabled people. This article describes the practice of Conductive Education and its development in the United Kingdom and explores why it came to be perceived by some from within the disabled people's movement as contrary to their interests.

Book

Disabled people and European human rights: a review of the implications of the 1998 Human Rights Act for disabled children and adults in the UK

Authors:
CLEMENTS Luke, READ Janet
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
127p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

There has been increasing recognition of the ways in which disabled children and adults have been denied human and civil rights that others take for granted. In the year 2000, the 1998 Human Rights Act came into force in the UK. This book reviews the implications of the Act for disabled people. The book provides a clear and accessible account of the potential of the Human Rights Act to make a positive difference in relation to issues that have been identified through research, policy development and political debate as significant in the lives of disabled people. The book provides: an overview of key policy and legislative developments in the UK in relation to disabled children and adults in the post war period; an outline of the European Convention on Human Rights, the 1998 Human Rights Act and related procedures; an account of the ways in which disabled people's human rights have increasingly become a matter of concern and the implications of the Human Rights Act in relation to specific issues; a debate about the ways in which public bodies and practitioners within them can engage positively with the provisions of the Human Rights Act to develop better practice.

Journal article

Disabled children living away from home in the UK

Authors:
READ Janet, HARRISON Christine
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work, 2(2), August 2002, pp.211-231.
Publisher:
Sage

This article reviews existing findings about disabled children in the UK who are living away from home. Goes on to highlight research findings about the general population of children who live away from home, and explores the relevance for separated disabled children. Summarises issues for future research.

Book

Disability, the family and society: listening to mothers

Author:
READ Janet
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
149p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Buckingham

Explores caring for a disabled child from the mother's perspective, looking at ways in which mothers find themselves acting as mediators between their children and a world that can be hostile to their interests. Begins with an examination of a study in which mothers from diverse backgrounds detail the ways in which they attempt to represent their children to the world, and the world to their children in both formal and informal interactions. These experiences and perspectives are linked to wider research and theory on motherhood and caring, the life patterns of disabled children and their families, and the discrimination faced by disabled children and adults.

Book

Disabled children and the law: research and good practice

Authors:
READ Janet, CLEMENTS Luke
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
303p.,list of orgs.
Place of publication:
London

Draws on research on the needs of disabled children, young adults and their families, and indicates how the law can be used to promote good practice and policy development. Explains the overlapping legal responsibilities of social services, health and education, and how to facilitate coordinated practice. Emphasises the importance of an anti-discriminatory approach and of involving parents and children in decision making and advocacy. Includes extensive appendices of resource materials.

Journal article

Research, the law and good practice in relation to disabled children: an approach to staff development in a local authority

Authors:
READ Janet, CLEMENTS Luke
Journal article citation:
Local Governance, 25(2), Summer 2000, pp.87-95.
Publisher:
University of Birmingham. Institute of Local Government Studies

Describes a staff development consultancy on research, the law and good practice in relation to disabled children and their families. It was provided for Warwickshire Social Services Department by the University of Warwick and piloted an approach which was further developed in subsequent joint work. The consultancy addresses the need for staff to be informed by both their employing authority and external bodies. By tying the work into the system of performance reviews, it also aimed to resolve some problems commonly associated with externally-provided training, namely that it is not sufficiently related to the policy objectives of an organisation or existing mechanisms for achieving them.

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