Becoming Self-Advocates: People with intellectual Disability seeking a Voice (Paperback)
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Becoming Self-Advocates: People with intellectual Disability seeking a Voice (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 04/04/2013
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People with intellectual disability cannot assume that they can speak up for and represent themselves. A host of socially constructed factors act as barriers to their becoming self-advocates. This book analyses the nature of these factors and investigates how the label `intellectual disability' is understood and interpreted. It also analyses the power imbalance between people with intellectual disability and non-disabled people, an imbalance which leads to the perpetuation of dependence of the former on the latter. The book proposes self-advocacy as a way of providing an environment in which this power imbalance can be redressed, negative perceptions of the label `intellectual disability' challenged, and independence and autonomy promoted. In this way, contexts can be created in which the voices of people with intellectual disability are heard and valued. Self-advocacy thus enables people with intellectual disability to become more active agents in their own lives with the necessary support.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034309066
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition

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