Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael Oliver, Bob Sapey
    Pages 1-32
  3. Michael Oliver, Bob Sapey
    Pages 33-55
  4. Michael Oliver, Bob Sapey
    Pages 56-76
  5. Michael Oliver, Bob Sapey
    Pages 77-107
  6. Michael Oliver, Bob Sapey
    Pages 108-132
  7. Michael Oliver, Bob Sapey
    Pages 133-156
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 185-204

About this book


This long-awaited edition incorporates substantial revisions to take into account legislative changes since 1983 and theoretical developments in the field of disability. Whilst continuing to highlight the negative impact of welfare policy on the lives of disabled people, the book explores how social work can contribute to removing disabling barriers and it considers the implications that an anti-disablist practice would have for the education and training of social workers and the management of welfare agencies.


education organization social work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central LancashireUK

About the authors

MICHAEL OLIVER is Professor of Disability Studies, University of Greenwich. His most recent books include Understanding Disability: From Theory to Practice and Disability Politics: Understanding Our Past, Changing Our Future which he co-wrote with Jane Campbell. He is Chair of the Research Advisory Group of the British Council of Disabled People, Executive Editor of Disability and Society, a member of the Editorial Boards of Australian Disability Review and the International Journal of Inclusive Education and a Non-Executive Director of North Kent Healthcare Trust.

BOB SAPEY is Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancaster, where he teaches social work and is involved in research into housing for disabled people. He has worked with disabled people as a social worker since 1975.

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