By Dianne Pothier, Richard Devlin
Individuals with disabilities in Canada inhabit a approach of deep structural, financial, social, political, criminal, and cultural inequality -- a regime of dis-citizenship. regardless of the common trust that Canada is a rustic of liberty, equality, and inclusiveness, many individuals with disabilities event social exclusion and marginalization. they're socially developed as second-class voters.
Conventional understandings of incapacity are depending on assumptions that represent incapacity as misfortune and via implication privilege the "normal" over the "abnormal." therefore, it truly is presumed that societal association established upon able-bodied and -minded norms is inevitable and that the simplest we will do is exhibit sympathy or pity. The essays serious incapacity thought contend as an alternative that attaining equality for the disabled isn't essentially a question of drugs or health and wellbeing, neither is it a subject of sensitivity or compassion. relatively, it's a query of politics, and of energy and powerlessness.
This booklet argues that we want new how you can take into consideration the character of incapacity, a brand new knowing of participatory citizenship that encompasses the disabled, new regulations to reply to their wishes, and a brand new imaginative and prescient in their entitlements.
Twenty-four students from a number of disciplines come jointly right here to spot the issues with conventional ways to incapacity and to supply new instructions. The essays variety from targeted empirical and experiential stories of other disabilities, to coverage analyses, criminal interrogations, and philosophical reconsiderations. the end result can be of curiosity to coverage makers, execs, lecturers, non-governmental companies, and grassroots activists.
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Extra resources for Critical Disability Theory: Essays in Philosophy, Politics, Policy, and Law
In this research, we have sought to do just that - to understand what existing data tell us about living in Canadian society with a disability, and how those data and their interpretations vary, depending on how the questions are asked. Methods Design Public access data files were obtained from Statistics Canada through the Social Science Data Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, on four national surveys: Disability Policy Making • • • • Health and Activity Limitation Survey (HALS), 1991 General Social Survey (GSS), 1994 Canadian Election Survey (CES), 1997 National Population Health Survey (NPHS), 1998-99.
Should disability information be collected at a higher level of analysis, such as the community, the health region, or the legislative jurisdiction? Another feature of the WHO definition is its resistance to the notion that disability is a minority concern. Instead, it casts disability as a universal concern of varying degrees (Chatterji, Ustun, and Bickenbach 1999). This idea also has important implications for data collection about disability. Historically, disability has been treated dichotomously - as an on-off switch - by survey methodologists.
The table is organized by increasing prevalence from left to right. It does not appear that a temporal trend exists to explain these differences. The very low prevalence in the CES is surprising, given that the sampling frame and questions were similar to those of the other surveys. It may be that the method of probability sampling within households somehow systematically decreased the likelihood of participation for disabled household members. Another interesting reference point is the reported prevalence of disability in other countries.