ERIC Number: ED375573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Disability and the Necessity for a Socio-Political Perspective. Monograph #51.
Barton, Len; And Others
This monograph on international disability issues offers three main papers giving English, Australian, and New Zealand viewpoints. The first paper is by Len Barton from England and is titled "Disability and the Necessity for a Socio-Political Perspective." Barton attacks the medical model of disability and argues that people with disabilities ought to change the political discourse about disability to one involving rights and choices tied to political action. He urges them to develop a political and social movement to further their ends. Keith Ballard comments on Barton's paper in "A Socio-Political Perspective on Disability: A Comment from the New Zealand Context" and relates it to the mainstreaming debate in education. He compares the stigmatization of children with disabilities to that of the Maori minority in New Zealand and calls for a public discourse that includes the voices of all oppressed groups. In "Pigs' Tails and Peer Workers, the View from Victoria, Australia," Gillian Fulcher critically discusses the "economic rationalist" discourse of the Australian welfare state and cautions that the formal rationality of political rights may not result in effective change. Commentaries from U.S. individuals are then presented by Joseph Stubbins, Margaret A. Nosek, Frank Bowe, Mary Ann Carroll, James Charlton, David Pfeiffer, and Hugh Gregory Gallagher. A final rejoinder by Barton completes the monograph. Each paper contains references. (DB)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Mainstreaming, Political Influences, Rehabilitation, Social Change, Social Discrimination, Social Influences, Special Education
IEEIR, University of New Hampshire, 6 Hood House, Durham, NH 03824-3577 ($7).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc., New York, NY.; New Hampshire Univ., Durham. Inst. on Disability.
Identifiers: Australia; England; New Zealand
Note: A product of the International Exchange of Experts and Information in Rehabilitation.