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Disability, Policy and Professional Practice - Jennifer L. Harris

Disability, Policy and Professional Practice

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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. The text 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, and 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.
Hannah Morgan
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
Northumbria University

Introductionp. 1
The Historical Legacy, Legislation, Policy and Guidancep. 6
Introductionp. 6
The roots of policy, legislation and protectionp. 6
The Poor Law origins of health and social carep. 7
Disabled people, abnormal bodies and industrialisationp. 8
The categorical 'solution' to the problem of disabled peoplep. 9
The Charity Organisation Societyp. 11
The great confinementp. 11
The two world wars and the rise of disability as a unified policv categoryp. 13
The National Assistance Act 1948: an early precursor to community carep. 14
Towards community carep. 15
New voices for old à new policy and practice visionsp. 17
Conclusionp. 19
Community Care and Beyondp. 21
Introductionp. 21
Community care legislationp. 21
Deinstitutionalisationp. 23
Conclusionp. 34
Pivotal Moments in the Development of Disability Policyp. 36
Introductionp. 36
The social model of disabilityp. 37
'Mainstreaming' controversies and critiquep. 37
Balancing greater individual choice with resource equityp. 40
The lessons of history and new demands in practicep. 41
Positive practicep. 43
Advocacy, facilitation and empowermentp. 47
The implications of Equality 2025 and the growth of Centres for Inclusive Livingp. 49
Conclusionp. 50
Independent Living, Choices and Rightsp. 51
Introductionp. 51
Enabling practice in the 21st centuryp. 51
Working futures: work options and economic wellbeing for disabled peoplep. 52
Direct Payments and In Control: blazing a trail for personalised social carep. 58
Personalisation and Self-Directed Supportp. 60
Independence, Wellbeing and Choice and beyondp. 63
In Controlp. 65
Individual Budgetsp. 66
Conclusionp. 68
Life Course Issuesp. 70
Introductionp. 70
Every Child Matters: towards seamless child servicesp. 70
Every Disabled Child Mattersp. 73
Disabled children's wheelchair services: some distance still to travelp. 75
Transition from children's to adult servicesp. 77
Working with older disabled peoplep. 78
Adult social care and older people: practice issuesp. 83
Home-based living options for disabled peoplep. 84
Practice points with assistive technologiesp. 87
The family context: informal carers' issues - balancing the rights of disabled people with those of carersp. 88
Conclusionp. 89
Valuing Diversityp. 91
Introductionp. 91
Mental healthp. 91
Learning disabled service usersp. 94
Gender and disabilityp. 97
Ethnicity and disabilityp. 99
Sexuality, sexual identity and parentingp. 102
Conclusionp. 104
Key Challenges for an Aspiring Social Model Practitionerp. 106
Introductionp. 106
The challenge of user control and choice: how should a social model practitioner act?p. 106
Managing the managers - budgetary constraints and street level bureaucracy: dealing with a disempowering systemp. 109
Mental capacity and Power of Attorney: how can the duty of care be balanced with social model practice?p. 114
A presumption of capacity: the five principles of capacity assessmentp. 116
Practice guidance summarisedp. 119
Working with colleagues in user-led organisationsp. 119
Users, carers and wider service providers: seeing disabled people in context - the central place of the disabled personp. 120
Relating the legislation and policy to the practice environment; how can professionals develop 'real reflexivity' in working with disabled people?p. 124
Conclusionp. 126
Conclusionp. 127
Bibliographyp. 131
List of legislation and statutory policy documentsp. 143
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9781849201704
ISBN-10: 1849201706
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 30th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 17.1  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.28