Understanding disability policy

Alan Roulstone, Simon Prideaux

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    In an era of scarce social resources the question of the changing social policy constructions and responses to disabled people has become increasingly important. Paradoxically, some disabled people are realising new freedoms and choices never before envisioned, whilst others are prey to major retractions in public services and aggressive attempts to redefine who counts as 'genuinely disabled'. Understanding Disability Policy locates disability policy into broader social policy and welfare policy writings and goes beyond narrow statutory evaluations of welfare to embrace a range of indicators of disabled people's welfare. The book critically explores the roles of social security, social support, poverty, socio-economic status, community safety, official discourses and spatial change in shaping disabled people's opportunities. It also situates welfare and disability policy in the broader conceptual shifts to the social model of disability and its critics. Finally it explores the possible connection between changing official and academic constructions of disability and their implications for social policy in the 21st century.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBristol
    PublisherPolicy Press
    Number of pages256
    ISBN (Print)9781847427380
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2012

    Publication series

    NameUnderstanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice series
    PublisherPolicy Press


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