'Disability on Equal Terms is not a Turgid and difficult book despite its accent on complex and challenging themes. It is a lively and important read' - The Skill Journal, June 2009
`[A] collection of highly readable and scholarly essays that reflect both the theoretical and practical implications of recent developments in the field. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in disability: highly recommended' - Colin Barnes, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds
This authoritative collection of writings examines and challenges traditional notions of disability. Edited and written by leading experts in the field, it offers a multidisciplinary approach to disability studies, incorporating perspectives from a wide range of health and social care services, as well as a distinct and unique emphasis on the views, experiences, work and personal testimonies of disabled people themselves.
The book is divided into three sections, each of which is prefaced by an editorial introduction which brings together the key themes and issues under discussion. Each section:
" Examines the dominant assumptions about disability and impairment and their historical and cultural contexts
" Documents the challenges to such presumptions generated by disabled people themselves
" Explores the implications of such challenges for professional policy and practice
This ground-breaking book will be essential reading for those studying disability studies, social work, nursing, and allied health and social care at all levels. It will also be a thought-provoking and inspiring read for disabled people and activists, professionals and policy makers.
John Swain is based in the School of Health, Community and Education Studies at Northumbria Univeristy. Sally French is based at the Open Univeristy. Previous publications include the co-edited Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments, Second Edition (SAGE, 2004).
John Swain is Professor of Disability and Inclusion at Northumbria University. Sally French is an associate lecturer at the Open University.
PART ONE: THE TRAGEDY VIEW OF IMPAIRMENT AND DISABILITY There But For Fortune - Sally French and John Swain Disability, Genetics and Eugenics - Tom Shakespeare Disabled in Images and Language - Margaret Taylor Institutional Abuse - Colin Goble The Narratives of Disabled Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - Martina Higgins PART TWO: FROM A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT Affirming Identity - John Swain and Sally French Choices, Rights and Cabaret - Alan Sutherland Disability Arts and Collective Identity The Art of Affirming Identity - Toby Brandon and Alice Elliot An Exploration of the Quality of Life of Adults with Haemophilia - Karen Beeton Disabled People's Testimonies - Jasvinder, Arlene, Geoff and Alice PART THREE: ON EQUAL TERMS On Equal Terms - John Swain and Sally French In Practice from the Viewpoint of an Occupational Therapist - Elaine Ballantyne and Andrew Muir In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Physiotherapist - Anna-Stina with Sally French and John Swain Communication Disability - Carole Pound Exploring New Personal and Professional Narratives In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Disabled Nurse - Rachael Spain In Practice from the Viewpoint of a Social Worker - Maureen Gillman In Practice from the Viewpoint of Disabled People - Clare Evans