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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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Risk embodied? Growing up disabled

Risk embodied? Growing up disabled

(p.165) ten Risk embodied? Growing up disabled
Growing up with risk

Lesley Jordan

Rosemary Sales

Policy Press

This chapter explores notions of risk associated with different models of disability, and considers contemporary policy and practice in relation to childhood disability. It argues that disabled young people are at greater risk than their peers of poverty, family breakdown, and isolation, and of being unable to make the transition to adulthood and a full and independent human life. From one viewpoint, these risks are seen as coming from the nature of the impairment itself. From another, the ‘social model’ sees them as arising mainly from society's attitudes and behaviour towards those with disabilities. The way in which disability is defined and understood, therefore, has serious implications for human rights and social integration. The chapter offers a critique of government policy based on evidence of the impact of particular policies and services on disabled children and their families.

Keywords:   disabled youth, risk assessment, childhood disability, young people, social integration, social policy

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