Although the field of disability services and societal understanding of disability issues have advanced in recent decades there remain controversial subjects and unresolved disputes. These cover a wide spectrum from legislation impacting the entire disability community such as the ADA, to culture clashes within a minority group such as the deaf community. Experts analyze and discuss nine of these controversies of particular interest to professional social workers. They are ones about which there are obvious disagreements and no readily available solutions . All sides of the issues are examined to enable readers to draw their own conclusions. The overall intent is to draw attention to each controversy and to motivate professional social workers to engage in personal as well as public dialogue about them.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation.
Introduction: Controversies and Disputes in Disability and Rehabilitation Roland Meinert 1. Revisiting the Americans with Disabilities Act after Two Decades Howard Karger and Steven R. Rose 2. Disability Controversies: Past, Present and Future Romel W. Mackelprang 3. Ashley's Case: The Ethics of Arresting the Growth of Children with Serious Disability Gary L. Stein 4. Science and Pseudoscience in Developmental Disabilities: Guidelines for Social Workers Bruce A. Thyer and Monica Pignotti 5. Harm Reduction in Community Mental Health Settings Michael A. Mancini and Donald M. Linhorst 6. Community Based Mental Health Services: Is Coercion Necessary? W. Patrick Sullivan and Jenneth Carpenter 7. The Deaf Community and Culture at a Crossroads: Issues and Challenges Janet L. Pray and I. King Jordan 8. The Challenge of Disability and Access: Reconceptualizing the Role of the Medical Model Juliet C. Rothman 9. Service Delivery, Community Development, and Disability John W. Murphy