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New Bulletin

Publisher:
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation

New Bulletin is Radar's bi-monthly information newsletter, providing up-to-date information on issues connected to disability. It covers Parliament, social security, community care, housing, education and training, employment, mobility, new aids and equipment, discrimination act news, holidays, access, and sport and leisure. It also gives information on courses, conferences, exhibitions and publications, together with news about RADAR's current work and campaigns and news from other organisations. New Bulletin is published bimontly. This journal is indexed and abstracted selectively on Social Care Online.

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).

Journal article

'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.

Book

Disability Discrimination Bill (HL): Commons amendments, April 2005

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Parliament
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
2p.
Place of publication:
London

Tables two minor amendments to the Disability Discrimination Bill.

Journal article

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.

Journal article

Capabilities and disability: the capabilities framework and the social model of disability

Author:
BURCHARDT Tania
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 19(7), December 2004, pp.735-751.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Seeks to illuminate the complementarity between the capabilities framework, developed by Amartya Sen and others, and the social model of disability. Common themes include the relationship between social barriers and individual limitations, the importance of autonomy and the value of freedom, and dissatisfaction with income as a measure of well-being. Bringing the 2 approaches together has implications for analysis (for example in identifying poverty or disadvantage), and for policy, which are briefly illustrated. Concludes that the capabilities framework provides a more general theoretical framework in which to locate the social model of disability, without compromising any of its central tenets; and the social model provides a thorough-going application of the capabilities framework. Each can benefit from exposure to the other.

Journal article

Failure to comply with the DDA duties

Authors:
WILLIAMS Peter J.G., GOODING Caroline
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 101, Winter 2004, pp.6-8.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

Explores the consequences of breaching Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act, considering the nature of the obligations the Act imposes, the remedies the courts have, and the powers of the Disability Rights Commission and how the may be exercised in the future. Considers the law in England and Wales only.

Journal

Disability and Society

Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Disability and Society is an international journal providing a focus for debate about such issues as human rights, discrimination, definitions, policy and practices as they relate to disability. This journal is indexed and abstracted selectively on Social Care Online.

Journal article

Disability and stress: a study in perspectives

Authors:
BRAMSTON Paul, MIOCHE Corinne
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 26(3), September 2001, pp.233-242.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare

This Australian study aimed to reveal what aspects of life bother people with different forms of disability. Ninety-nine adults with a visual, intellectual or physical disability completed a self-report stress scale. Contrary to expectation, total stress levels did not seem to be unusually high. All participants acknowledged their disability, but only half regarded it as a stressor in itself. Participants with a visual, physical or intellectual disability reported similar levels and patterns of stress with no highly significant differences between the groups. In accord with general research findings, significantly higher stress scores were found for females, those feeling unhealthy, those experiencing a recent major life event and those who found no time to relax. Although not definitive, this study provides preliminary evidence that people with various types of disability do not report particularly high levels of stress despite having to come to terms with particular hardships associated with their disability.

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