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Situation of disabled people in the European Union: the European action plan 2008-2009: communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions

Author:
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Publisher:
Commission of the European Communities
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
11p.
Place of publication:
Brussels

This communication describes the situation of disabled people, giving facts and figures and discussing the growing economic dimension; the achievements of the EU Disability Action Plan for 2006-07 (the Community and member states acting together, actions at EU level and development at national level); and priorities for 2008-09 (actions for inclusive partnership through accessibility, and actions towards full enjoyment of fundamental rights), concluding that it reflects the commitment to ensure disabled people are able to enjoy their rights, progress in the key policy areas identified requires maximising synergies and complementaries with members states' activities, and co-operation is crucial.

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Measuring disability prevalence

Author:
MONT Daniel
Publisher:
World Bank
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
Washington, DC

This paper covers defining disability, different approaches to measurement, the purpose of measurement, census questions for disability prevalence (general prevalence measures and pre-testing of Washington Group questions), and case studies of disability in Brazil, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

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Exploring how the social model of disability can be re-invigorated: in response to Mike Oliver

Author:
LEVITT Jonathan M.
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 32(4), 2017, pp.589-594.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

In his 2013 article in Disability & Society, Oliver recommended that the social model should either be replaced or re-invigorated. In this article, the author argues that the social model’s current emphasis reflects the social conditions in which it was introduced, and that the model’s impact on disabled people’s lives would increase if its emphasis was to more accurately reflect the current social conditions in the geographical regions in which it is applied. In order to help foster its re-invigoration, the author ask five questions for discussion on the way forward for the social model. The questions were identified through examining published writing on the scope of the social model and on the model’s relationship with other models of disability. (Edited publisher abstract)

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The post(hu)man always rings twice: theorising the difference of impairment in the lives of people with ‘mental health problems’

Authors:
VANDEKINDEREN Caroline, ROETS Griet
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 31(1), 2016, pp.33-46.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

A vital debate in British disability studies concerns the question of how impairment can be theorised, taking place between those who claim a critical realist ontology and those who argue for a critical social ontology. Recently, this discussion on impairment issues seems to merge with the agenda of the newly emerging perspective of critical disability studies. In contrast to the recent claim of Vehmas and Watson in Disability & Society that critical disability theorists only engage in a relativistic deconstruction of impairment, as critical disability scholars the authors explore the recent work of Braidotti who addresses a difference between a deconstructive anti-humanist stance and an affirmative post-humanist turn. Inspired by our empirical research, the authors theorise the difference of impairment in the lives of people with ‘mental health problems’ that can imply, in theoretical and in practical real-life terms, both a limitation and a potential that matters (Edited publisher abstract)

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The social model of disability as an oppositional device

Authors:
BECKETT Angharad E., CAMPBELL Tomas
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 30(2), 2015, pp.270-283.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This article engages with debates about the UK Disabled People’s Movement’s ‘Big Idea’ – the social model of disability – positioning this as an ‘oppositional device’. This concept is adapted from the work of the art theorist and activist Brian Holmes, elaborated using insights from Foucault and others. The model’s primary operation is introducing contingency into the present, facilitating disabled people’s resistance-practices. The authors recognise, however, that the device can operate in a disciplinary manner when adopted by a machinery of government. Whilst the primary goal is to understand the character and operation of the social model, by providing a more general definition of an oppositional device as the concrete operation of technologies of power, the authors also propose a concept potentially useful for the analysis of the resistance-practices of activists involved in a wide variety of struggles. This concept may thus have implications for wider social and political analysis. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Thirty years of disability psychotherapy, a paradigm shift?

Author:
FRANKISH Pat
Journal article citation:
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 7(5), 2013, pp.257-262.
Publisher:
Emerald

Purpose: This paper charts the development and practice of disability psychotherapy for the author and for services. Design/methodology/approach: A personal account relating events to the development of thinking and practice. Findings: The author suggests that a paradigm shift has occurred over the 30 years to a position of “doing with” as opposed to “doing to”. Originality/value: This has not previously been put forward as a way of understanding present day services. (Publisher abstract)

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Ouch! talk show

Author:
OUCH! TEAM
Publisher:
BBC
Place of publication:
London

A podcast from the Ouch! team at the BBC covering the views and experiences of disabled people.

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Department for Work and Pensions: Secretary of State report on disability equality

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department for Work and Pensions
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
108p.
Place of publication:
London

This report outlines progress towards disability equality made by public authorities in policy sectors led by the Secretary of State in the fields of employment, child poverty, paying benefits, later life, disability equality and health and safety.

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Uncertain funding: uncertain futures: VODG response to the government's consultation document: "The case for change: why England needs a new care and support system"

Author:
VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS DISABILITY GROUP
Publisher:
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
Publication year:
2009
Place of publication:
London

This paper is the VODG's response to the Government's consultation document "The case for change - why England needs a new care and support system". It discusses and responds to the three consultation document questions: What more do we need to do to make our vision of independence, choice and control a reality?; What should be the balance of responsibility between the family, the individual and the Government; and Should the system be the same for everybody or should we consider ways of varying the ways we allocate government funding according to certain principles.

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Disability equality schemes: the three-yearly review

Author:
EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
Manchester

This publication explains the review, the deadline, the purpose of revision, what it involves, what should be included, where further information can be got, what to do if a single scheme has already been developed and the significance of the Equality Bill.

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