This book redefines the issue of disability as a social rather than an individual problem and considers the implications of this view for the provision of services and for social work practice. It looks at the experience of people with disabilities in society, and the influence that their organisations have had on service provision. The authors discuss the implications of this in a variety of different settings and across the life cycle.
The contributors to this book include disabled people, practitioners, professionals and academics.
Michael Oliver Professor of Disability Studies at The University of Greenwich. Dr Oliver has written extensively on issues related to social work and disability. He is active in the disability movement and a member of the Management Committee of the Spinal Injuries Association.
Foreword, Tom Clarke. Editorial, Mike Oliver. 1. The social context of disability, Vic Finkelstein. 2. The changing context of social work practice, Bob Sapey and Nadja Hewitt. 3. Disability and new technology, Paul Cornes. 4. Social work practice in traditional settings, Patrick Phelan and Simon Cole. 5. Social work in an organisation of disabled people, Etienne d'Aboville. 6. Housing and independent living, Bernie Fiedler. 7. Social work with disabled children and their families, Philippa Russell. 8. Disabled young people, Michael Hirst, Gillian Parker and Andrew Cozens. 9. Disability in adulthood - the OPCS reports, Paul Abberley. 10. Ageing with a disability, Gerry Zarb.