Disability, Policy and Professional Practice
- Jennifer Harris - Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iran
- Alan Roulstone - University of Leeds, UK
This is the first book on working with disabled people to take an aspirational, outcomes-focused approach to professional practice. It forms the first attempt to grapple with the massive legislative and policy shifts in the disability field in the last 15 years and provides an up-to-date, positive approach to professional practice, based on the social model of disability. Disability, Policy and Professional Practice translates both adult and childrens' disability legislation and policy guidance into positive, creative, enabling practice methods for professionals in social care, health, employment and independent living.
The book takes a practical approach that challenges professionals to confront key issues in disability studies, policy and practice. The key topics covered are:
• The Historical Legacy, Legislation, Policy and Guidance
• Community Care and Beyond
• Pivotal Moments in the development of disability policy
• Independent Living, Choices and Rights
• Life course Issues
• Valuing Diversity
• Key Challenges for an aspiring social model practitioner
This book is an indispensable resource for all professionals and students working with disabled people.
I warmly welcome this book and am looking forward to recommending it to students. Harris and Roulstone provide a detailed grounding of the policy and practice terrain alongside a focused consideration of key issues relating to disability.
Lecturer in Disability Studies, Lancaster University
Disability, Policy and Professional Practice is a valuable addition to the field. It is accessible, readable and practically useful for students.
Toby Brandon, Senior Lecturer
The information provided by this book is not necessary for the course. However, is great for learning wishing to enter the health profession wanting to futher their knowledge
It's very interesting especially beacuse of its linking the three in the title mentioned subjects but for my purpose in Germany it's too stringly connected to the English situation.
Clear and informative - this enabses students to grasp the concepts and relate policy to practice.
A very interesting book which I will be adding to the course bibliography of recommended reading. Provides a useful overview of a range of issues.
A good addition to the literature focusing on disability policy and practice
Very useful text for pre-registration nursing students.
The authors have provided essential background to some of the issues surrounding ‘disability’. With a particular focus on policy, this book makes good reading for students not only in disability studies, sociology and social policy but also enables practitioners to think more critically about the services they deliver.
A very comprehensive book providing good historical, legislative and value based knowledge for SW students. Very useful book for recommended reading giving great base for further study.
An excellent and concise format which not only provides the historical background for current legislation, but also provides an insight into the political drivers. Tackling the areas of minorities, diversity, and the less talked about groups of individuals affected by a disabiliy is refreshing and insightful. Of particular strength is the approach to considering disabilities throughout the life course, and examining the issues around older age. However, for those learners who prefer more visual ways of learning, the focus on providing information through long passages of text could be daunting.