Appreciative Disability Studies
"This is an introductory textbook on disability for students in the health, education and social sciences fields. It is admittedly a survey scan of the very broad topic of disability studies, but it is hopefully also a deep exploration of several important issues. It is intended to offer an understanding of the pervasive impact of disability on individuals affected (disabled people themselves and their support systems), as well as on society and institutional structures within society. It employs a new way of thinking about disability studies -- appreciative disability studies. This is an approach where the author not only examines the world as it is, but also try to imagine the world as it might be -- a world where barriers are not tolerated, where the situation of people with disabilities is considered from the outset, and where inequities are overcome. To date, many of the solutions that have been implemented are a product of the resourcefulness and commitment of disabled people themselves. The author invites readers to explore appreciative disability studies together, and try to imagine how "we" can all be part of solutions into the future."--
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