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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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On the notions of disability and handicap

Author:
NORDENFELT L.
Journal article citation:
Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare, 2(1), January 1993, pp.17-24.
Publisher:
Munksgaard/ Blackwell

In 1980, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps. In addition to a nomenclature and classification, this publication contains a set of elaborate definitions of the central concepts in the area. The conceptual structure has been the focus of intensive critical discussion during the last decade. In 1989, a special society, the Canadian Society for the ICIDH, presented an alternative characterization of the concepts. This article attempts to continue this discussion by deepening the analysis concerning, in particular, two aspects of disability and handicap: first, the idea of normality contained in the WHO classification; second, the idea of context dependence, which is a special focus of the Canadian group. As a result of this discussion, the author presents an alternative set of definitions of the notions of disability and handicap.

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Update on the National Disability Information Project

Author:
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Journal article citation:
Caring for people, 8, 1991, p.9.

Summarises the Department of Health's initiative on providing information to disabled people. This includes 12 pilot "federations" of local disability information providers, which will be supported and co-ordinated by a team from the Policy Studies Institute who will also be working with national bodies.

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Brave move is a recipe for success

Author:
HILLS A.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 23.2.87, 1987, p.8.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Short description of advisory and support scheme for physically handicapped run by disabled staff.

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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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Building financial bridges to economic development and community integration: recommendations for a research agenda on asset development for people with disabilities

Authors:
PUTMAN Michelle, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 4(3), 2005, pp.61-86.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Research on asset accumulation among the population of people with disabilities is quite limited. Previous work indicates that people with disabilities have significantly fewer assets than people without disabilities. Research on asset development suggests that in general, individuals in lower income tiers are able to save and that holding assets has a positive relationship with general personal well being, economic security, and civic behavior and community involvement. Many individuals with disabilities are living in chronic poverty. For those who are unable to work, the accumulation of assets is difficult. Without significant savings, people with disabilities are unable to afford down payments on homes, capitalize small businesses, pay for advanced education, purchase assistive technology, or make accessibility-related architectural modifications to their homes. This paper recommends four significant areas to be considered in developing a research agenda on asset development for people with disabilities. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

Journal article

Social norms and their implications for disability

Author:
MURPHY John W.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 4(1/2), 2005, pp.153-163.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This paper discusses how and why the norms for defining disability continue to change. This analysis illustrates the social nature of the disability and that changing norms continue to define the meaning of disability. The paper is grounded in a postmodern perspective, a notion that has only entered the field of disability in the 21st century. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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'Service users': regressive or liberatory terminology?

Author:
BERESFORD Peter
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 20(4), June 2005, pp.469-477.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

The term ‘service users’ has come to be increasingly used both in the UK and beyond to describe people on the receiving end of health, welfare and social care policies and services, including disabled people. This use of language is contentious. It has come in for criticism as presenting people in passive, consumerist terms. However, many disabled people, and others, use the term of themselves. This article seeks to develop discussion about this terminology and suggests that as well as being used by state and service system in regressive and pejorative ways, it may also serve as a unifying concept which has helped groups to act with solidarity and to challenge and seek to improve their status in society. In this way, it may parallel the terms ‘disabled’ and ‘disability’ as used within social approaches to disability.

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The Court of Appeal's views on Part 3 of the DDA

Authors:
WILLIAMS Peter J.G., WAUGH Richard
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 102, Spring 2005, pp.6-9.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

Considers the first 2 Court of Appeal decisions relating to Part 3 Disability Discrimination Act duties: the Ross case, holding that a man should not have been charged £18 in each direction by an airline for hire of a wheelchair at an airport, and the Roads case, when a wheelchair user was unable to use a footbridge to cross the tracks at a railway station and it was held that the rail company should have provided an alternative service.

Journal article

RADAR's powerful alliance with corporate partner British Energy

Author:
MATTHEWS Cynthia
Journal article citation:
New Bulletin, 351, March 2005, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation

Reports on RADAR and British Energy's Employee Charity of the Year partnership as it draws to a close.

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