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"The wide range of coverage distinguishes this particular set, which was designed “to bring current knowledge and experience with disability across a wide variety of places, conditions, and cultures to both the general reader and the specialist.” Editor Albrecht (University of Illinois at Chicago) and over 500 authors from around the world contributed the more than 800 entries...drawing in readers from a wide range of studies and interests and helping them to see disability in an entirely new way. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries."
"In this impressive work, editor Albrecht (public health, disability & human development, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) offers a multidisciplinary, multicultural look at a vast array of disability issues. More than 500 international scholars have contributed entries that span the globe and the centuries, from the Pleistocene era to the present. The first four volumes contain upward of 1000 A-to-Z entries, each ranging in length from one paragraph to ten pages and ending with a bibliography of texts and web sites.
"This excellent comprehensive resource covers the world of disabilities from 2000 BCE to the present. This encyclopedia not only includes what one would expect to find, such as material describing disabilities, ethical issues, health care, and many other topics, but also passages from literature and information on the experience of disability in various countries around the world. The entries are signed and many include further readings, Web site, and conclusions. The multivolume set is well cross-referenced.
"Each document is briefly introduced and noted in both the index and reader's guide. Numerous illustrations demonstrate the depiction of disability in art and film. All in all, this encyclopedia demonstrates that the world of disability is almost as broad and as intriguing as the human condition itself. This excellent introduction will serve both academic and public libraries."
"The editors of the Encyclopedia of Disability provide readers with a broad perspective on the experience of disability. This remarkable array of material is diverse from both a chronological and a cultural perspective. From the entries chronicling those who have influenced the disability rights movement to the basic definitions and description of issues fundamental to disability, the Encyclopedia of Disability proves to be a comprehensive resource."
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