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People with Disabilities

Empowerment and Community Action

By Peter W Dowrick, Christopher Keys

© 2001 – Routledge

136 pages

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Paperback: 9780789013118
pub: 2001-05-04
Hardback: 9780789013101
pub: 2001-05-17

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Develop more effective community initiatives and build solid collaborations!

Although the fields of disability studies and community psychology developed separately, with little crossover, they have evolved similar values, principles, and tactics. People with Disabilities: Empowerment and Community Action is the first volume to bring together these two fields. Now disability activists and community psychologists can join forces, share ideas, and gain strength from one another.

This landmark volume offers empirical research and practical advice from respected scholars in the field. People with Disabilities: Empowerment and Community Action presents tested strategies for empowering a wide variety of people with disabilities, including Latinos, the aged, the developmentally disabled, low-income schoolchildren, and patients with chronic diseases. The diversity of strategies offered here means that every community can find a way to make its own voice heard.

People with Disabilities: Empowerment and Community Action offers detailed, step-by-step plans for developing a broad range of programs, including:

  • choosing strategies to suit rural, suburban, and urban environments
  • taking a capacity-building approach to community empowerment
  • developing participatory action plans
  • building effective coalitions
  • enabling collaboration between inner-city universities and the community
With its solid research, helpful tables and figures, and well-organized action plans, this book is certain to become a classic in the fields of disability studies and community psychology.

Table of Contents


  • Community Psychology and Disability Studies
  • Consumers as Collaborators in Research and Action
  • Collaborative Ecological Community Interventions for People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Empowering Latinos with Disabilities to Address Issues of Independent Living and Disability Rights: A Capacity-Building Approach
  • Community Responsiveness: Examples from Under-Resourced Urban Schools
  • Building Community Coalitions with People with Disabilities and Their Families: An Empowerment Approach
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / Occupational Therapy
MEDICAL / Nursing / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health