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Gregor,

I agree with you.  I would argue however that there was no need to state
anything about so-called "impairments" UNLESS the editors endorse a view of
impairment as Other, as "abnormal," "special," etc.  What proponents of the
social model fail to understand is that disability *precedes* the idea of
impairment, an idea which provides the justification for the multiplication
and expansion of the productive, regulatory, and constraining effects of
disabling power.

S.L. Tremain




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From: "Gregor Wolbring" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Shelley Lynn Tremain" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: new book



well I find the use of the term impairment in the PR unfortunate as this
seems to show that the editors buy into the ability norms set by certain
structures groups within society.
It would have been better to use a term which does not imply a deficiency
and even better a term which inherently questions the normative
framework.
whether you say non normative functioning abilities and body structure or
different.... or whatever but impairment is the worst one to use.
sure some disabled people might see themselves as impaired but others with
the same biological reality might perceive themselves not as impaired but
simply hindered by societal structures. So it would be better to use a
term which does not put everyone into a certain preset identity.


I think as long as we are seen as a non acceptable divation from a norm
instead of a acceptable variation from a norm we will have a hard time
with societal adaptations.

Well but than may be the editors define see impairment not as the
expression of a medical non accepted divation from a norm
but as something else like just the fact that we are not fitting a norm
without the negative conotsation i apply to the term impairment.



On Fri, 12 Mar 2004, Shelley Lynn Tremain wrote:

> Notice how the announcement below demonstrates once again that (despite
> their pronouncements to the contrary) proponents of the social model hold
an
> impairment-based view of disability.  For the announcement does not simply
> state the different modes in which the text will be made available, and,
in
> doing so, imply that universal access (or something approaching it) is a
> human right and should be the rule, not the exception to the rule.
Instead,
> there is a compulsion on the part of the Centre to single out various
groups
> of people who might differ from  "normal book-users" (i.e., sighted people
> or people with 'normal' communication abilities who use printed text) and
> who, insofar as they differ from the norm, require 'special treatment'
when
> it comes to books.
>
>
> S.L. Tremain
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mark Priestley" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 5:13 AM
> Subject: new book
>
>
> Hi
>
> As some of you may be aware, we were pleased to publish a new title in the
> Disability Press book series this month, as follows:
>
> Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research
>
> Edited by Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer
>
> This book contains 13 chapters on the theoretical and research
implications
> of the social model of disability. Over the last three decades disability
> activists have established the social model of disability as a
comprehensive
> critique of mainstream academic theories and policy approaches. The
> contributors, including established figures and newcomers to the field,
> raise a number of important controversies and concerns central to
theorising
> and researching disability in the 21st century. Taken together they
provide
> ample testimony to the continuing vitality of debates around the social
> model in disability studies. It will prove to be an invaluable addition to
> the growing body of knowledge that underpins disabled people's ongoing
> struggle for a fair and just society.
>
> 'Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research' is also
> available at no additional cost on CD, in PDF format, for ease of access
for
> people with visual or communication related impairments.
>
> 'Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research' is only
> available by mail order
>
> at: 16.50 including postage and packing (20% discount for orders of four
or
> more)
>
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> email, or by Stirling cheque drawn on a UK bank (payable to the University
> of Leeds). To order contact Marie Ross
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> (44) 113 3434415 (fax)
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Dr. Gregor Wolbring
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Faculty of Medicine University of Calgary,Alberta,Canada

Adjunct Assistant Professor for bioethical issues
at the Dept. of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
Faculty of Education University of Calgary, Alberta Canada

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University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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