This book examines the role of disability in the right to political and social participation, an act of citizenship that many disabled people do not enjoy.
The disability rights movement does not accept the use of disability to create limits on citizenship, which poses challenges for contemporary societies that will become ever greater as the science and technology of enhancing human abilities evolves. Comprised of eight chapters, three interludes, and a postscript written by leading scholars and disability rights activists, the book explores citizenship for people with disabilities from an interdisciplinary perspective using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a point of departure and the concept of universal design as a strategy for actualizing full citizenship for all. Situating disability in its historical and cultural contexts, the authors offer directions for rethinking citizenship, including implications for access to the built environment, information and communication systems, education, work, community life and politics.
This book will be of interest to all scholars and students working in disability studies, planning, architecture, public health, rehabilitation, social work, and education.
Introduction: Rethinking citizenship and disability
Inger Marie Lid, Edward Steinfeld, and Michael Rembis
Chapter One - Exploring the relationship between citizenship and universal design
Inger Marie Lid
Chapter Two - Veterans from Life: Rehabilitation as Compensation
Interlude One - Life is possible
Chapter Three – Rethinking utopia: posthumanism, transhumanism, and disability
Chapter Four - Mad Citizenship
Chapter Five - Conditions for religious citizenship for people with intellectual disabilities: Cases from Norway and Slovakia
Dmitry Lukash and Anna Chalachanová
Interlude Two – "Symbiotic citizenship" and a struggle for the right of life as frames for interpreting the 40-day disability protest in the Polish Parliament
Natalia Pamula and Magda Szarota
Chapter Six - The space of accessibility and universal design
Chapter Seven – Enabling equal citizenship: Responses from civil society
Ingunn Moser and Inger Marie Lid
Interlude Three - Global Disability Summit: How to realize "nothing without us"
Chapter Eight - Universal human rights and universal design for people with disabilities: Challenges and lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa
Postscript – Dialogue between Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Inger Marie Lid
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Inger Marie Lid