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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Disability and Human Rights

Global Perspectives

ISBN 9781137390653
Publication Date October 2015
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Experienced by more than one billion people worldwide, disability is increasingly recognised as a human rights issue internationally. Completely up to date, Disability and Human Rights draws on cutting edge international research and real life examples to explore the global dimension of disability and to critically review progress on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This book provides readers with an in-depth exploration of disability across key areas of hu-man rights, including health, education, employment, accessibility and independent living. It demonstrates how these issues are integral to achieving full and equal participation of disa-bled people in human societies across the life cycle. The book analyses the impact of poverty, the importance of support and the relevance of culture and it maps out how to make disability rights a reality in the coming decades.

Chapters are enriched with a wide range of international case examples and questions for reflection to deepen readers' understanding of the material. Students and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds, including disability studies, human rights, social work and social care will benefit from this much-needed new global perspective on disability.

Edurne García Iriarte is Assistant Professor and Director of the M.Sc. in Disability Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

Robbie Gilligan is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin.

Roy McConkey is Professor of Developmental Disabilities at the University of Ulster.

1. Disability and Human Rights in a Global Age; E. Iriarte, R. McConkey and R. Gilligan
2. Models of Disability; E. Iriarte
3. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Implementing a Paradigm Shift; P. Mittler
4. Advocacy and lobbying: The Road Map from Charity to Human Rights; J. Malinga and T. Gumbo
5. Global Cultures and Understandings of Disability; A. Gargett, R. Barton, G. Llewellyn, A. Tsaputra, S. Soe and S. Tawake
6. Disability, Social Exclusion and Poverty; S. Ghosh, S. Dababnah, S. Parish and L. Igdalsky
7. War and Disability: Stories of Dread and Courage; F. Balcazar and D. Balcazar
8. Children's rights and disability; R. Gilligan
9. Access to Education: Experiences from South Africa; N. Muthukrishna, P. Morojele, J. Naidoo and A. D'amant
10. Disability and Inclusive Health; M. MacLachlan, H. Mannan and J. McVeigh
11. Assistive Technology and Disability; E.B. Garcia
12. Access to Livelihoods; P. Coleridge
13. Independent Living in Developing Countries; K. Lamichhane
14. People with Disabilities Entering the Third Age; P. McCallion and M. McCarron
15. Supporting Family Carers; R. McConkey
16. Equipping Professionals with Competencies to Better Support Persons with Disabilities; H. Cornielje and D. Tsengu
17. Research training and the Organizational Politics of Knowledge: Some Lessons from Training Disabled Researchers in Southern Africa; L. Swartz.


"This excellent new text brings together authors from across the globe to consider the impact of the CRPD on the lives of disabled people in local and pan-national contexts. A particular highlight is the representation of work emerging from nations outside of Western European and North American contexts. In this sense the text will help to support the emergence of Global South Disability Studies alongside a continued representation of work from the minority world context." - Dan Goodley, Professor of Disability Studies and Education, University of Sheffield, UK'This is a ground-breaking book that brings a truly global and interdisciplinary perspective to the application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It skillfully combines sophisticated conceptual frameworks regarding disabilities with case examples and practical approaches fitting with local and national cultures and political systems. This book is a must-read for professionals, policy makers, families, and people with disabilities seeking to understand the implications of the CRPD and ways to improve the lives of people with disabilities around the world.' - Tamar Heller, Professor, Head of the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
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