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Journal article

Defending the social model

Authors:
SHAKESPEARE Tom, WATSON Nicholas
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 12(2), April 1997, pp.293-300.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Discusses the social model of disability and how it has had a limited impact in areas other than disability studies.

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Children with disabilities, whose responsibility?

Author:
THOMSON Janet
Journal article citation:
Social Work Now: the Practice Journal of Child, Youth and Family, 6, April 1997, pp.6-11.
Publisher:
Child, Youth and Family (Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, Te Tari Awhina I te Tamaiti, te Rangatahi, tae atu ki te Whanau)

Looks at the history and situation in New Zealand with regard to the state's role in caring for children with disabilities, discussing also the roles of institutions, voluntary organisatiions, the community and the Children, Young Persons and their Families Service, ending with guidelines for social workers.

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Arts and Crafts passion pays off for winning architect

Author:
FRIAR Mandy
Journal article citation:
NISW Noticeboard, Autumn 1997, p.5.
Publisher:
National Institute for Social Work

Reports on the winning entrant of the National Institute for Social Work's International Architectural Competition for a design to create access for disabled people.

Journal article

Deconstructing disability: the impact of definition

Author:
BRZUZY Stephanie
Journal article citation:
Journal of Poverty, 1(1), 1997, pp.81-91.
Publisher:
Routledge
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Socially constructed definitions of disability have varied throughout history. Deconstruction of the categorizations of people with disabilities demonstrates how the definition of the word perpetuates inequality. This article analyzss the prevalent definitions and models of disability used in our society. The elements of these definitions which contribute to oppression and inequality are discussed. The article concludes with a call for a reconstruction of the definition of disability in order to embrace variation and equalize rights and opportunities.

Book

The body and physical difference: discourses on disability

Editors:
MITCHELL David T., SNYDER Sharon L., (eds)
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication year:
1997
Pagination:
300p.
Place of publication:
Ann Arbor, MI

The book seeks to introduce the field of disability studies into the humanities by exploring the fantasies and fictions that have crystallized around conceptions of physical and cognitive difference. Based on the premise that the significance of disabilities in culture and the arts has been culturally vexed as well as historically erased, the collection probes our society's pathological investment in human variability and "aberrancy." The contributors demonstrate how definitions of disability underpin fundamental concepts such as normalcy, health, bodily integrity, individuality, citizenship, and morality--all terms that define the very essence of what it means to be human. The book provides a provocative range of topics and perspectives: the absence of physical "otherness" in Ancient Greece, the depiction of the female invalid in Victorian literature, the production of tragic innocence in British and American telethons, the reconstruction of Civil War amputees, and disability as the aesthetic basis for definitions of expendable life within the modern eugenics movement. With this new, secure anchoring in the humanities, disability studies now emerges as a significant strain in contemporary theories of identity and social marginality. Moving beyond the oversimplication that disabled people are marginalized and made invisible by able-ist assumptions and practices, the contributors demonstrate that representation is founded upon the perpetual exhibition of human anomalies. In this sense, all art can be said to migrate toward the "freakish" and the "grotesque." Such a project paradoxically makes disability the exception and the rule of the desire to represent that which has been traditionally  out-of-bounds in polite discourse.

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Empowerment must be a two-wau learning process

Author:
BERESFORD Peter
Journal article citation:
Care Plan, 4(2), December 1997, pp.26-28.
Publisher:
Positive Publications/ Anglia Polytechnic University, Faculty of Health and Social Work

The author discusses the role of empowerment in social care.

Journal article

Only half an answer

Author:
HASLER Frances
Journal article citation:
Voluntary Voice, 110, December 1997, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
London Voluntary Service Council

Provides a brief guide to what is in the new Disability Discrimination Act, what it means for voluntary organisations, and why disabled people are still not satisfied.

Journal article

A pathway, not a barrier

Authors:
DAVIS Ann, RUMMERY Kirstein, ELLIS Kathryn
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 11.12.97, 1997, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Asks whether the right to an assessment really makes a difference to disabled people and their carers. Discusses the research on the effectiveness of assessments of need under the NHS and Community Care Act 1990.

Journal article

Social security, disability and work

Authors:
ACHESON Nick, HAGAN Judith
Journal article citation:
Scope, November 1997, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

Looks at the benefits system for people with disabilities.

Journal article

A garden of the imagination

Author:
GARTLAND Jo
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 19.11.97, 1997, pp.29-30.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Explains how the creation of a sensory garden was used to treat children with severe learning and health disabilities.

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