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About Canada: Disability Rights
About Canada: Disability Rights

About Canada: Disability Rights

About Canada

SOCIAL SCIENCE

160 Pages, 5 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95)

Publication Date: March 2012

ISBN 9781552664629

Rights: WOR X CA, UK & EUR

Fernwood Publishing (Mar 2012)
Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd.

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Overview

Through a close examination of employment, education, transportation, telecommunications, and health care, this survey explores the landscape of disability rights in Canada and finds that, while important advances have been made, Canadians with disabilities still experience significant barriers in obtaining their human rights. Using the stories and voices of people with disabilities, the consideration argues that disability is not about “faulty” bodies that need to be fixed but about the institutional, cultural, and attitudinal reactions to certain kinds of bodies, contending that neoliberal ideas of independence and individualism are at the heart of the continuing discrimination against “disabled” people. Asserting that achieving disability rights is possible—but not through efforts to “fix” certain kinds of bodies—this analysis suggests that it can be achieved through universal design, disability supports, social and economic assistance, and a sense of belonging—in short, through the foundational social transformation of Canadian society.

Author Biography

Deborah Stienstra is a professor in disability studies at the University of Manitoba. She is the author of Strategies for the Year 2000. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.