Disability in Australia: Exposing a Social Apartheid

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UNSW Press, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 245 pages
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Dares to name and explore a hidden blight in society: the routine, daily and oppressive treatment of people with disabilities. Drawing on a wide range of case studies from health and welfare, sport, biotechnology, deinstitutionalisation, political life, and the treatment of refugees, this thoughtful, lively and provocative work puts disability firmly on the agenda.

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This book is well thought out and cohesive. It talks about a problem that no abled person is willing to acknowledge or accept and shows the very common, everyday problems that disabled people/people with disabilities face. These problems are often not related to their disabilities but the way they are treated and oppressed in society. Many disabled people/people with disabilities follow the social model of disability not the medical model. Many disabled people do not think that they need to be ashamed or forever on the search for a special pill which will make them magically not disabled.
If you are an abled person (whether mentally or physically) I would recommend reading this book and keeping an open mind. Many disabled people/people with disabilities do not want to be cured or do not find anything wrong with themselves. This needs to be accepted otherwise the appalling treatment of disabled people and the eugenic mindset people have towards disabled people/people with disabilities will continue to destroy the lives of disabled people/people with disabilities.
The last thing I will say is this: when approaching the idea of oppression or social inequality of a certain group, you should absolutely always listen to members of that group itself. So a disabled person/person with disabilities's opinions and thoughts on this issue are more important, more valid, more reflective, than an abled person's thoughts on this issue.

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Goggin and Newell are no more than the cap on a wellspring of tired arguments and a darker much more fascist attitude. Their insistence that people stay disabled is a horrifying and terrifying prospect, as is the sheer arrogance enclosed in this book. May God help us all if their attitude were to prevail/  


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