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Independent futures; creating user-led disability services in a disabling society.


Independent futures; creating user-led disability services in a disabling society.

Barnes, Colin and Geof Mercer.

Policy Press


223 pages




The authors (both of the Centre for Disability Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, U. of Leeds, UK) describe the origins and development of British organizations created and run by disabled persons for providing social services. They begin with exploration of the alternative social model of disability underlying these organizations, which highlights the social and environmental barriers confronting people with impairments. They then discuss the beginnings of user-led organizations and review the range and types of services they offer. They also assess the ways that these organizations have balanced their service provision and political advocacy roles. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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