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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Working with Disabled People in Policy and Practice

A social model

ISBN 9780230580787
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Interagency Working in Health and Social Care

How has interagency working impacted on the support that disabled people and their families receive? Can partnership working pave the way for more personalized, mainstream services?

Renowned authors Sally French and John Swain provide a critical review of the contemporary health and social care landscape from the perspective of disabled service users. Using the highly influential social model of disability as their framework, they explore the barriers that deny disabled people full participation in society, and identify the issues for practitioners and policymakers.

Incorporating the views and experiences of disabled people throughout, the book addresses:
■ How effective practice can be shaped by service users' own accounts of their experiences, both positive and negative
■ The structural and environmental inequalities that block opportunities to influence future policy
■ The roles of key professionals in shaping the support that disabled people receive

Timely and agenda-setting, this book constructs a new vision for partnership-led practice in the field, with the implications for policy and practice clearly laid out. As such, it is essential reading for students and practitioners working with disabled people and their families, across all fields of health and social care, including social work, nursing, education and community work.

SALLY FRENCH is Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UKwhere she teaches a variety of health and social care and social science courses. She has taught, written and researched in the area of Disability Studies for many years and has published widely in the field. Her current research interests include the history of disability and the experiences of disabled people in health and social care. Much of her work in the area of Disability Studies has its roots in her earlier work as a care assistant and a physiotherapist and her experiences as a disabled person.

JOHN SWAIN is Professor of Disability and Inclusion at Northumbria University, UK.He hastaught and researched in the area of Disability Studies for over thirty years at both Northumbria University and the Open University.John haspublished widely in this field, particularly co-authoring and co-editing texts with Sally French; and is Executive Editor for the Disability and Society journal. His current research interests include the experiences of disabled people as health and social care service users and the development of participatory research approaches working with disabled people.

Modelling Disability and Impairment
The Context: From Segregation to Equal Rights
Disabled People: Health and Social Care
Residential Care
Control of Health and Social Care Services by Disabled People
Towards a Social Model of Inter-Agency Working
User Involvement in Services for Disabled People
Disability and Diversity
Families and 'Carers'


"A very timely, accessible and thought-provoking text. The interagency focus is highly relevant and complements the field of disability studies and beyond." - Joanne Stead, Senior Lecturer, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, University of Huddersfield, UK
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