In this Introduction we would like to say a little about the what, the why and the how of this book. This book presents the academic field of disability studies, as it relates to health and social care policy and practice. Disability studies is concerned with the social, political and cultural analysis of disability. It has at its heart the social model of disability which views disability in terms of environmental, structural and attitudinal barriers that deny disabled people full participation in society and full citizenship rights. The book supports health and social care professionals, and students of these professions, in critical reflection on the provision of services to disabled people with the social model of disability as the underlying theoretical framework.
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