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Drifting down the Gulf Stream: navigating the cultures of disability studies

Author:
MEEKOSHA Helen
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 19(7), December 2004, pp.721-733.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Explores divergent theoretical developments in UK and US disability studies and posits some explanations for these differing trajectories. History, politics, space, place and the search for identity have all played important roles. These emergent and hotly debated developments add a wealth of material to the epistemological project. The question remains as to what explanatory power discourses developed within western metropolitan national cultures have for exploring the experience of disability in cultures on the peripheries.

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Transport provision for disabled people in Scotland

Author:
SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE CENTRAL RESEARCH UNIT
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive Central Research
Publication year:
2000
Place of publication:
Edinburgh
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Re-defining disability: a challenge to research

Author:
OLIVER M.
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 5(1), 1987, pp.9-13.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

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Breaking down the barriers: social housing for people with disabilities in Europe

Author:
RANDALL Bill
Publisher:
CECODHAS. The European Liaison Committee for Social Housing
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
33p.
Place of publication:
Brussels

Breaking down the barriers Social Housing for People with disabilities marks the European Year of People with Disabilities. The report catalogues the many and innovative ways in which housing associations, companies and co-ops are breaking down the barriers to liberate disabled people across the European Union. The report is published in English, German and French.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: main findings

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Executive Social Research. Development Department
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The study ‘Improved Public Transport for Disabled People’ was commissioned by the Scottish Executive, and conducted by TNS System Three Social Research (TNS), the Transport Research Institute at Napier University (TRi) and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. (TTR) in 2005/6. This summaries the main findings of the report.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume I - report

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
17p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. Originally the focus of the required work was on the role of concessionary fares in relation to accessibility of transport for disabled travellers to inform the commitment laid out in the 2003 Scottish Executive Partnership Agreement. Advice from the Advisory Group led to the scope being broadened out at a very early stage. As a result, the focus of the research was changed to explore and assess a wide range of potential improvements to public transport for disabled people in relation to; difficulties in relation to the availability of transport; difficulties in relation to the accessibility of transport; information needs; affordability; fear of travel - confidence; personal barriers to travel. Evidenced from the literature review carried out for this study demonstrates that improved access to public transport is a crucial element of trying to increase opportunities, reduce inequalities and generally improve the life quality of many groups in society. Previous research has also indicated that there have been some improvements introduced in recent years. The introduction of recent Disability Discrimination legislation is a key step forward, but it is clear that many barriers still remain and that improvements are required in order to facilitate the use of practical, affordable and accessible transport for many people with illness and disability. Additionally, key demographic trends suggest that it is likely that difficulties with transport will extend to affect a larger proportion of the population. Therefore, research was required to identify what actions are still required to further improve the situation and to explore why previously identified ‘solutions’ had not necessarily been adopted or successful.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume III - annexes 4-6

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
124p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. The large scale study was carried out by three organisations in collaboration: TNS System Three Social Research, the Transport Research Institute at Napier University and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. The results were presented in a comprehensive report contained in Volume 1 of the study. Two volumes of Annexes accompany the report. The first of these, Volume II, includes Annexes 1-3: the literature review, analysis of the SHS data and details of the TNS survey. This report, volume III, contains Annexes 4-6. It includes details of all of the best practice case studies and journey audits that were conducted. Some of the case studies and all of the journey audits are illustrated with photographs and other graphics. It also includes details of the feedback exercise, which was designed to gather feedback in response to a document outlining some preliminary findings of the research. The document sent out and the feedback received are included in Annex 6. In addition we received informal feedback throughout the research, and this has been included in the main report.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume II - annexes 1-3

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
104p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. The large scale study was carried out by three organisations in collaboration: TNS System Three Social Research, the Transport Research Institute at Napier University and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. The results were presented in a comprehensive report contained in Volume 1 of the study. Two volumes of Annexes accompany the report. This volume, Volume II, includes Annexes 1-3: the literature review, analysis of the SHS data and further information about the TNS survey. The literature review was conducted early in the research. Some reports were provided to the researchers after it was completed. In some cases these have been included in the final report, though they do not appear in the literature review. Details of TNS survey includes the survey methodology, the questionnaire and selected additional results from the survey. Volume III contains Annexes 4-6. It includes details of all of the best practice case studies and journey audits that were conducted. It also includes details of the feedback exercise, which was designed to gather feedback in response to a document outlining some preliminary findings of the research.

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Housing homeless disabled people

Author:
DOHERTY Karen Anne
Publisher:
Shelter
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
7p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

This report written by a housing advisor from the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living examines how far disabled homeless peoples needs are met by service providers. It found that disabled peoples applications for assistance are now more likely to be accepted than before at a local level, however this does not necessarily mean that disabled peoples needs are being met.

Journal article

Capabilities and disability: the capabilities framework and the social model of disability

Author:
BURCHARDT Tania
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 19(7), December 2004, pp.735-751.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Seeks to illuminate the complementarity between the capabilities framework, developed by Amartya Sen and others, and the social model of disability. Common themes include the relationship between social barriers and individual limitations, the importance of autonomy and the value of freedom, and dissatisfaction with income as a measure of well-being. Bringing the 2 approaches together has implications for analysis (for example in identifying poverty or disadvantage), and for policy, which are briefly illustrated. Concludes that the capabilities framework provides a more general theoretical framework in which to locate the social model of disability, without compromising any of its central tenets; and the social model provides a thorough-going application of the capabilities framework. Each can benefit from exposure to the other.

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