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A grounded theory of living a life with a physical disability in Taiwan

Authors:
LIN Hsiu-Ching, KNOX Marie, BARR Jennieffer
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 29(6), 2014, pp.968-979.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This study explores the experiences of disability for a number of Taiwanese adults with a physical disability. Using a grounded theory approach, their experiences of living a life with a physical disability were gained through in-depth interviews. The resulting grounded theory ‘it is more than just the impaired body’ presents the dynamic interactions between the participants and the context in which they were living their lives and how they managed their lives within that context. With its inclusion of the cultural dimension, a holistic way of understanding the daily lives of those who experience physical disability in Taiwan is provided. (Publisher abstract)

Book

Perspectives on disability and rehabilitation: contesting assumptions; challenging practice

Author:
HAMMELL Karen Whalley
Publisher:
Churchill Livingstone
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
258p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This book seeks to guide professionals and academics from disciplines that rely upon the presence of disability in society such as nursing, occupational health and physiotherapy, through the recent explosion of publications from theorists in the humanities and social sciences, and from cultural, feminist, race, queer and disability theorists, which have contested the way in which disability is understood and managed. The author asks rehabilitation practitioners to question whether their professional assumptions are either benevolent or right and aims to stimulate a more critical approach to both the “problem” of physical difference and disability and the nature of rehabilitation following illness or injury. Relating eclectic theoretical viewpoints to practical examples throughout, this book questions the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) definition of disability, highlights the consequences of being classified as deviant from valued norms and the role that traditional rehabilitation methods may play in the perpetuation of injustice. With chapters on issues central to rehabilitation, such as the nature of the body and its physical impairment and the ideas of independence, privilege and power within more client-centred philosophies, the author seeks to update and improve the education, practice, service delivery, research and theoretical development of the rehabilitation professions.

Book

Disability communication guide

Author:
EMPLOYERS' FORUM ON DISABILITY
Publisher:
Employers' Forum on Disability
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
19p.
Place of publication:
London

The Disability Communications Guide is a quick reference guide for everyone who might work with or serve disabled people. It advises on specific impairments and preferred modes of assistance, gives guidance on language and etiquette and contains practical advice on how to recognise and avoid attitudes and behaviour which can create misunderstandings and barriers.

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The status of disabled persons in the city of Zagreb

Authors:
SOSTAR Zvonimir, ANDELIC Marinka Bakula
Journal article citation:
Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku Journal of Social Policy, 13(1), 2006, pp.53-65.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb

The paper analyses the need for measures of the Zagreb strategy of uniform policy for disabled persons. The manner of introducing these measures and their realisation in the period from 2003 to 2006. The paper briefly provides basic definitions, a historical review of the attitude of society towards disabled persons, a survey of contemporary concepts, approaches and models of protection of this part of the population, as well as the basic characteristics of the disabled persons in the area of the city of Zagreb. The implementation of the Zagreb strategy measures is considered through the results of the rights of the disabled persons according to the international organisations' methodology, i.e. based on the standardised survey for the analysis of the index of respecting rights of the disabled person. [Article in Croatian].

Journal article

Media labelling versus the US disability community identity: a study of shifting cultural language

Authors:
HALLER Beth, DORRIES Bruce, RAHN Jessica
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 21(1), January 2006, pp.61-75.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This study examines disability terminology to explore how the news media frame cultural representations of the disability community. More specifically, the paper examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on journalist's language choices about disability topics. A content analysis of news stories using disability terms in The Washington Post and The New York Times during the past decade was conducted. The paper illustrates that disability community identity continues to be formed, transformed and maintained through news media presentations of disability terminology. The paper argues that the US Disability Rights Movement had some success during the 1990s in putting forth language that advances its aims, though the study also suggests that some journalists continue to use terms that perpetuate limiting, narrow stereotypes about people with disabilities.

Journal article

Disability in the news: a reconsideration of reading

Author:
TITCHKOSKY Tanya
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 20(6), October 2005, pp.655-668.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

By making use of a disability studies perspective informed by phenomenology, this paper interrogates the social process of reading news articles that depict disability as if it is only limit. The paper begins from my experience of reading an article that assumes reader‐willingness to imagine disability as a kind of limit without possibility, without life. I go on to consider how the meaning of disability is actually produced by normative forms of cultural perception that recognize certain bodies as a kind of negation. Reading, a common mode of perception within literate western cultures, is used to problematize how mainstream media configures embodiment. Finally, the paper raises the ever present possibility that the ways in which impaired bodies are typically limited may contain the possibility of alternatives that disturb and re‐make the everyday modes of perceiving disability.

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University challenges

Author:
LEASON Katie
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.09.05, 2005, pp.28-30.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The author looks at how disabled students are supported at Universities and asks whether they receive enough help.

Journal article

Increases in wheelchair use and perceptions of disablement

Authors:
SAPEY Bob, STEWART John, DONALDSON Glenis
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 20(5), August 2005, pp.489-505.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Between 1986 and 1995, there appeared to be a 100% increase in the number of wheelchair users in England and Wales. This article reports some of the findings of a study designed to explore the social implications of this increase. Specifically, it examines the various explanations for the increases and concludes that whilst demographic changes or research methodologies are not responsible, the more likely causes are changing prescription practice, medical advances and changing attitudes to disablement. The article then explores the latter explanation by examining perceptions of wheelchair use, contrasting clinical and user views gained from in-depth interviews. It also reports findings from part of a large-scale postal survey of wheelchair users, which examined their attitudes toward different models of disability. It concludes that the responses of a large majority of wheelchair users of all ages are better explained by the social model of disability than any other.

Journal article

Overlaps and contradictions between queer theory and disability studies

Author:
SHERRY Mark
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 19(7), December 2004, pp.769-783.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This paper begins by exploring similarities in the experiences of queers and disabled people, such as familial isolation, high rates of violence, stereotypes and discrimination, and the difficulties associated with passing and coming out. Rejecting pathologisation and politicising access as well as using humor and parody as political tools have been important for both movements. It then considers similarities and differences in Queer Theory and Disability Studies as intellectual disciplines, examining their debt to feminism, opposition to hegemonic normalcy, strategic use of universalist and minority discourses, deconstruction of essentialist identity categories and use of concepts such as performativity.

Journal article

An exploratory study on attitudes towards persons with disabilities among U.S. and Japanese social work students

Authors:
HAYASHI Reiko, KIMURA Mariko
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 2(2/3), 2003, pp.65-85.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This exploratory study was conducted to understand and compare attitudes among social work students in the United States and Japan toward people with disabilities. The Modified Issues in Disabilities Scale (MIDS), designed to measure attitudes toward people with physical disabilities, was implemented on convenient samples of 92 U.S. and 73 Japanese social work students. The findings suggest that social work students in both countries hold moderately positive attitudes. Other similarities as well as differences among the sampled students from the two countries, and their implications to social work education, are discussed.

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