What challenges are posed by changing transnational trends, agendas and movements that affect disabled people’s lives, and what can disabled people, their representative organisations and their governments do to advance the agenda for self-determination and inclusion? This book draws together the writing of academics and activists to depict the experience and perspective of disabled people in relation to a range of contemporary social changes, with a focus firmly on ways in which disabled people and their allies can act to counter disabling policies and practices.
Throughout the book there is an emphasis on disabled people’s own voices and activism as the critical driver of theoretical critique and practical change. Chapters address a wide range of cultural, institutional and personal arenas to explore and contest the boundaries that disabled people seek to move beyond, from cross-border labour movements in Korea to experience of day services in England, from continuing and long-lasting realities of wars in Lebanon, Cambodia and Somalia to the beauty of harmony in Navajo traditions for understanding disability, from collective activism to individual participation in the Olympics.
This book is recommended reading for students, researchers and activists interested in Disability Studies and is directly relevant to policy makers and practitioners in a position to reshape rights, spaces and innovations in response to the priorities disabled people feel and articulate are important for their lives. It was originally published as a special issue of Disability & Society.
Foreword Michele Moore 1. Crossing Boundaries: Foreign Funding and Disability Rights Activism in a Context of War Samantha Wehbi 2. Disability and Cross-border Mobility: Comparing Resettlement Experiences of Cambodian and Somali Refugees with Disabilities Mansha Mirza 3. Between Protection and Assistance: Is there Refuge for Asylum Seekers with Disabilities in Europe? Clara Straimer 4. "I Never Expected to be a Disabled Person in Another Country": The Stories of Migrant Workers with Acquired Disabilities in Korea Kyung Mee Kim 5. Views of Disability in Portugal: ‘Fado’ or Citizenship? Ema Loja, Emilia Costa and Isabel Menezes 6. Navajo and Autism: The Beauty of Harmony Steven K. Kapp 7. Disabled Women and Transnational Feminisms: Shifting Boundaries and Frontiers Miriam Arenas Conejo 8. Visualising a Safe Space: The Perspective of People Using Mental Health Day Services Wendy Bryant, Adrian Tibbs and John Clark 9. Complementing or Conflicting Human Rights Conventions? Realising an Inclusive Approach to Families with a Young Person with a Disability and Challenging Behaviour Kristy Muir and Beth Goldblatt 10. Shifting Boundaries in Sports Technology and Disability: Equal Rights or Unfair Advantage in the Case of Oscar Pistorius? Brendan Burkett, Mike McNamee and Wolfgang Potthast 11. Current Issues: The World Report on Disability Jerome Bickenbach