It should also be noted that as an able bodied person who is studying
disability studies, my passion stemmed from the disability of one of my
children. Although I have heard/read the past comments relating to parents
in disability issues, we are at times in an excellent position to promote
positive models/ideas relating to disability, and surely it is better than
we are well informed in order to do so.
I felt it was appropriate to look at some of the theories relating to
disability and to attempt to understand the construction of disability, both
to learn and to address my own attitudes.
Parents can be an excellent (or otherwise) springing board for discussion
and can challenge views and relate information that might be considered at
least 'reasonable' from the disabled person's point of view. Indeed, one of
the issues I am trying to raise in my interest in education is how little we
hear the voices of the children who are labelled as having special
educational needs. Who is asking them? Very often...no one.
I percieve an enormous prejudice from pwd's towards people like me.
Discrimination from an angle I had not considered (naively).
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Dan
> Sent: 28 October 1999 09:40
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> Subject: Re: ABs in disability studies; ableist bias in textbooks (long,
> Non-disabled people in disability studies. It is interesting to view
> the role of men in feminist studies as a useful parallel / though
> different context. There are not many critical male researchers that
> I know who would admit to being 'bearded feminists' - indeed to do
> so, would in some ways fail to recognise 'ontological priviledge' of
> women (see Stanley and Wise, 1993). However, I have met many
> non-disabled people who would say that they are 'proponents of the
> social model'. Does this challenge the ontological priviledge of
> disabled people and reproduce notions of 'non-disabled as
> expert' (which we know is nonsense, but is a core component of the
> surveillance by professionals in the lives of disabled people) or is
> this problematically fitting with 'interdependence' and individual
> and collective responsibility of all social actors (as argued for by
> Oliver, Corker, etc)?
> Just a thought ....
> Dan Goodley
> Bolton Institute
> Department of Psychology
> Deane Campus
> Bolton BL3 5AB
> Tel : 01204 903676
> "Revolution is necessary ... the class which
> overthrows the ruling class can rid itself of
> the accumulated rubbish of the past and become
> capable of reconstructing society". (Marx 1845)