Disability and Social Change

A Progressive Canadian Approach

Edited by Jeanette Robertson and Grant Larson  

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This edited collection uses a critical theory perspective and draws on expertise from a range of contemporary policy and practice areas. Contributors include people with disabilities, family members, researchers, academics and practitioners. This book is an ideal text for students of social work, human services, child and youth care and disability studies. Chapters include first-person accounts from persons with disabilities, perspectives of families and historical perspectives, as well as a critical exploration of demographics, human rights issues, disability legislation and policy in Canada, theoretical approaches to disability, intersectionality and disability, Aboriginal people and disability, mental health disability, principles of anti-ableist practice, advocacy and strategies for change.

This book offers as a fresh Canadian perspective on disability from a critical lens, challenging and inspiring students and practitioners alike to think outside the box and to examine their own attitudes and values toward disability, ensuring that they do not inadvertently impose ableist and oppressive practices on one of Canada’s most marginalized populations.

  • ISBN: 9781552668139
  • May 2016
  • 250 Pages
  • $30.00
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  • A critical disability studies perspective offers us an important framework to approach disability from a sociopolitical, cultural, and economic analysis.

    — Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (full review)


  • Introduction (Jeanette Robertson and Grant Larson)
  • Privileging the Voice of People with Disabilities (Mike Touchie, Melanie Thomas, Jaclyn Porter & Lorea Reagan)
  • Looking Back, Rethinking Historical Perspectives and Reflecting upon Emerging Trends (Peter Dunn and Terri-Lynn Langdon)
  • Exploring the Conceptualization of Disability and Demographics as “Facts” (Jeanette Robertson)
  • Critical Disability Theory: Developing a Post-Social Model of Disability (Roy Hanes)
  • Human Rights, Disability and the Law in Canada (Jennifer Murphy)
  • Disability Policy in Canada:  Fragments of Inclusion and Exclusion (Michael Prince)
  • Experiences and Perspectives of Families of Children with Disabilities (Kevin Lusignan)
  • Intersectionality and Disability (Judy MacDonald)
  • Indigenous People with Disabilities:  Stories of Resilience and Courage (Doug Durst)
  • Mental Health Disability: The Forgotten Terrain (Grant Larson)
  • Empowering Strategies for Change: Advocacy by and for People with Disabilities (Irene Carter)
  • Reflections and Final Thoughts (Grant Larson and Jeanette Robertson)
  • References
  • Index


  • Jeanette Robertson

    Jeanette S. Robertson is an associate professor at Thompson Rivers University in the School of Social Work and Human Service.

  • Grant Larson

    Grant Larson is a recently retired social work professor from Thompson Rivers University.

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