From disability to ability: Changing the phrasing of the debate

Harpur, Paul (2012) From disability to ability: Changing the phrasing of the debate. Disability and Society, 27 3: 325-337. doi:10.1080/09687599.2012.654985

Author Harpur, Paul
Title From disability to ability: Changing the phrasing of the debate
Journal name Disability and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0968-7599
Publication date 2012-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09687599.2012.654985
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 325
End page 337
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Persons with disabilities have endured discrimination and live under social apartheid. While enlightened people recognise the role that society has in disabling people with impairments, there remains a struggle to remove the negative stigma associated with this form of social diversity. There is no silver bullet that will enable persons with disabilities to exercise their human rights as full citizens. One strategy to assist in this struggle is the use of language. This paper focuses on how language can be utilised in the struggle against oppression. This paper reconsiders how disability discrimination is conceived and labelled. There is no uniformly accepted label to describe the discrimination and oppression that is explained by the social model or the non-radical social model. This paper explores how the labels of disableism and ableism have emerged to explain this concept. This paper analyses these terms and argues for the adoption of ableist nomenclature.
Keyword Ableism
Social model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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