Facing up to disability

Shakespeare, Tom (2013) Facing up to disability. Community Eye Health, 26 (81). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0953-6833

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Abstract

Ways of thinking about and responding to disability have radically changed in recent decades. Traditionally, disability was regarded in terms of sin, karma, or divine punishment. More recently, disability was made a medical issue and defined in terms of shortcomings of body or mind, which had to be prevented or cured at all costs. In the late 20th century, people with disabilities worldwide became more organised and created national and international disabled people’s organisations. They successfully demanded that disability be seen as a matter of equal opportunities and human rights, a shift which has now been described in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is a global treaty which has so far been signed by 155 states and passed into law by 127.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2014 12:54
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 06:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/46831
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