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Disability and the anti-obesity offensive

Author:
APHRAMOR Lucy
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 24(7), December 2009, pp.897-909.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This paper expands a discussion, begun 10 years ago by Charlotte Cooper, which explored some of the resonances and differences between struggles for disability and fat rights and argued that fatness is a disability issue. The writer asks why, if disability is understood as the interplay of aspects of impairment and social exclusion premised on medicalised assumptions of pathology or deficiency, is fatness, invariably diagnosed as overweight or obesity and read as the disease obesity, not disabling. She aims here to open up the debate and “stem the tide of damaging orthodoxy” in anti-obesity discourse and practice. Some ways in which fat people are oppressed by the same ideological practices and values that oppress (other) disabled people are explored. Fatness has typically been excluded from consideration by disability scholars but here the alternative theories of fatness are informed by insights from disability studies. In conclusion, the author urges discussion on theoretical perspectives of disability that embrace fatness and sees this as a prerequisite to developing strategies that enhance both disability and fat rights.

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

The Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006: statutory rule 2006 no. 312 (N.I. 1)

Author:
NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
1p.
Place of publication:
Belfast

Minor grammatical corrections The Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006: statutory rule 2006 no. 312.

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Do you know your rights?

Author:
SCOPE
Publisher:
SCOPE
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
3p.
Place of publication:
London

People with physical disabilities have equal rights. It is important to know what they are and what be can done if people with physical disabilities rights are often not respected. A disabled person may face additional difficulties exercising  rights and it is crucial to know what to do when this happens.

Journal article

The Americans with Disabilities Act: a decision tree for social services administrators

Authors:
O'BRIEN Gerald V., ELLEGOOD Christina
Journal article citation:
Social Work: A journal of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 50(3), July 2005, pp.271-279.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act has had a profound influence on social workers and social services administrators in virtually all work settings. This article provides a "decision tree" for administrators to assist with the evaluation of claims. This decision tree allows people who are considering the validity of an ADA claim to break the decision-making process into discrete steps that can be considered separately and sequentially. These steps include employee and disability status, employer knowledge of the disability, employee qualification for the job, the provision of accommodations, the adverse actions that may be included in a claim, valid employer rationales for adverse action, and the procedural elements required for a successful ADA claim. Issues that are important in each step are discussed.

Book

Disability rights

Editors:
BLANCK Peter, (ed.)
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
548p.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

There is great diversity of definitions, causes and consequences of discrimination against persons with disabilities, yet there are fundamental themes uniting countries in their pursuit of human rights policies to improve the social and economic status of those with disabilities. In this volume are twenty-five articles examining historical, contemporary and comparative issues crucial to the advancement of disability rights. The volume foreshadows the future of disability rights as a medium for ensuring that those living with disabilities participate as equal citizens of the world.

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Public attitudes to disability in Northern Ireland: summary report

Author:
EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
Belfast

This factsheet presents an analysis of the disability part of the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey, which was conducted by the Central Survey Unit of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001. The most recent survey was commissioned by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland while the earlier surveys were conducted on behalf of the Northern Ireland Disability Council. The factsheet presents the findings of the 2001 survey and comparisons are drawn with the earlier surveys where statistically significant change has occurred.

Journal article

Preparing young adults with disability for employment

Authors:
TAYLOR Brian J., McGILLOWAY Sinead, DONNELLY Michael
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 12(2), March 2004, pp.93-101.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Young people with disabilities are often excluded from the labour market. This paper describes an evaluation of an innovative 2-year pilot initiative called Vocational Opportunities in Training for Employment (VOTE) implemented in Northern Ireland to provide employment training and support for vulnerable young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Its principal aims were to assess the impact of the service in the extent to which it had created and developed training and employment opportunities for young people and promoted inclusive working partnerships. Documentary analysis was used as a basis for describing and assessing objectives in combination with face-to-face interviews with a small number of key stakeholders. A total of 122 young people participated in the initiative in the pilot period, during which time 160 qualifications were obtained. Key stakeholders expressed positive views about the initiative, in particular its therapeutic benefits and the extent of interagency working and shared learning. The VOTE initiative achieved considerable success in enabling a significant proportion of young adults to engage in society by developing social and employment skills and by improving employment opportunities and prospects. Factors critical to the continued success of this and similar initiatives include close involvement of parents, addressing local employers' concerns, sympathetic treatment of workplace issues and effective partnership working.

Journal article

Winning the skies

Author:
HOLSTROM Radhika
Journal article citation:
Care and Health Magazine, 36, 21.5.03, 2003, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
Care and Health

Looks at the impending action of the Disability Rights Commission against Ryanair and the British Airports Authority. The action is because any Ryanair passenger needing to use a wheelchair at Sansted airport who haven't brought their own faces an additional charge.

Journal article

DDA: Employment duties, two years on

Author:
MORTON Christina
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 78, Spring 1999, pp.16-19.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

Discusses how cases under Part II of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) relating to employers duties are now reaching the Employment Appeals tribunal, setting precedents which will have to be followed by employment tribunals throughout the UK. The author reviews some of the cases and identifies what tribunals might consider a 'reasonable adjustment' to be.

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