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Journal article

Lived employment experiences of college students and graduates with physical disabilities in the United States

Authors:
KIM Mikyong Minsun, WILLIAMS Brenda C.
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 27(6), 2012, pp.837-852.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

While persons with disabilities are legislatively protected in the USA, they continue to experience high rates of unemployment. The aim of this phenomenological study was to focus on the employment experiences of college students with physical disabilities seeking employment opportunities after graduation in the USA. Data was collected using semi-structured, open-ended interviews with 8 college seniors and recent graduates with physical disabilities at an urban university located in the mid-Atlantic region of the USA. The findings revealed 6 major thematic areas: disability and impairment; accessibility; reasonable accommodations; discrimination; barriers and hindrances; and graduate or professional education. All the participants noted that workplace accessibility and accommodation are major concerns when they apply for a job. Their viewpoints or attitudes are diverse and range from pain to pride and from experiences of denied accommodation to support. Their major areas of concern are their own marketable skills and credentials as well as accessibility and accommodation in workplaces. Continued education beyond the baccalaureate is a priority for many participants rather than an immediate transition to work, and the Office of Disability and professors were considered important advising agencies.

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.

Journal article

Age and disability: explaining the wage differential

Authors:
GANNON Brendon, MUNLEY Margaret
Journal article citation:
Social Science and Medicine, 69(1), July 2009, pp.47-55.
Publisher:
Elsevier

This paper estimates the level of explained and unexplained factors that contribute to the wage gap between workers with and without disabilities, providing benchmark estimates for Ireland. It separates out the confounding impact of productivity differences between disabled and non-disabled, by comparing wage differentials across three groups, disabled with limitations, disabled without limitations and non-disabled. Furthermore, data are analysed for the years 1995–2001 and two sub-samples pre and post 1998 allow us to decompose wage differentials before and after the Employment Equality Act 1998. Results are comparable to those of the UK and the unexplained component (upper bound of discrimination) is lower once we control for productivity differences. The lower bound level depends on the contribution of unobserved effects and the validity of the selection component in the decomposition model.

Book

Defying disability: the lives and legacies of nine disabled leaders

Author:
WILKINSON Mary
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
224p.
Place of publication:
London

This book describes nine disabled people who, by force of personality and concrete achievement, are said to have made us  think differently about disability, not hiding their impairment, like Franklin D. Roosevelt, or brushing it aside, like David Blunkett, but acknowledging it as part of them: Bert Massie, public servant; Jack Ashley, politician; Rachel Hurst, activist/campaigner; Tom Shakespeare, academic; Phil Friend, entrepreneur; Peter White, broadcaster; Mat Fraser, actor/performer; Andrew Lee, activist/campaigner; and Tanni Grey-Thompson, athlete, ending with a chapter asking what they have in common, where they differ, and their overall impact.

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Chinese disability accommodation policy

Author:
FISHER Karen
Journal article citation:
Social Policy Research Centre Newsletter, 96, May 2007, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
University of New South Wales. Social Policy Research Centre

This article describes research undertaken in 2006 in China on Chinese disability policy. It summarises the research process, findings and implications for the participation of the Social Policy Research Centre in Chinese disability policy research.

Journal article

African and Caribbean Disablement Association (ACDA)

Author:
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Journal article citation:
New Bulletin, March 2007, p.24.
Publisher:
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation

This article profiles the work of the African and Caribbean Disablement Association, a small charity based in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and managed by African and Caribbean disabled people. The charity offers a unique support service and arranges events.

Journal article

Independent lives and the relevance of lifetime homes

Author:
IMRIE Rob
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 21(4), June 2006, pp.359-374.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

A problem for disabled people, particularly individuals dependent on the use of a wheelchair, is housing that is not easily usable due to physical barriers. A proposed solution by government is the adoption of lifetime homes (LTH) standards that are likely to become mandatory for all newly constructed dwellings in the private sector in England by 2008. It is, therefore, an appropriate time to take stock of LTH standards, and to evaluate to what extent they are able to address the problems for disabled people caused by physically inaccessible housing. In doing so, the article provides a critique of LTH standards, and suggests that while they are, in some respects, a positive development, they are not, in and of themselves, a panacea in relation to rectifying the shortfall of accessible dwellings.

Book

Anger management: an anger management training package for individuals with disabilities

Authors:
GULBENKOGLU Hrepsime, NAGILIASSIS Nick
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
167p.
Place of publication:
London

Many people with intellectual disabilities have difficulty managing feelings of anger. Anger Management is a complete training package for helping people with intellectual or physical disabilities deal with anger in constructive, effective ways. The training program consists of 12 fully-scripted sessions dealing with topics such as recognising feelings of anger, learning to relax and think calmly, and being assertive and handling problems competently. Each session follows a standard format, including introductions, reviews of previous sessions, and explanations. Photocopiable handouts, facilitator's script and evaluation sheets are provided for each session. Designed specifically for people with intellectual disabilities, but suitable for people with physical disabilities too, this training package provides relevant and authoritative information and exercises.

Journal

Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation

Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation aims to present and explore issues related to disabilities and social policy, practice, research, and theory. This journal is indexed and abstracted selectively on Social Care Online.

Journal article

Who is willing to foster children with disabilities?

Authors:
ORME John G., CHERRY Donna J., KRCEK Taylor E.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(5), 2013, pp.566-585.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Children with disabilities represent a significant and increasing proportion of children in foster care. Using a US national sample of 304 foster mothers two groups of mothers were identified. One group willing to foster children with any type of disability except HIV/AIDS (51%) (Unconditional mothers), and a second group who were more selective (49%) (Selective mothers). Unconditional mothers fostered longer, fostered more children, and had more foster children in their homes. (Edited publisher abstract)

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