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Disability and Development: learning from action and research on disability in the majority world

Disability and Development - book cover

Edited by Emma Stone (1999)

ISBN 0-9528450-3-2

Disability and Development features 15 original contributions from leading disabled activists, international development planners and practitioners, and researchers working on disability issues in 'developing countries' (the majority world).

  • What do we know about disability in a global context?
  • What are the issues that face disabled people, their families, and those who work with them in 'developing countries'?
  • What happens when western ideas and practices around disability migrate to non-western settings?

Issues explored include strategies for social change; empowerment and rights; disabled people's organisations; community-based rehabilitation; inclusive education; cultural perceptions of impairment and disability; disability services in historical perspective; and the difficulties inherent in disability action and research in the majority world. Contributions are based on work in a wide range of countries including Afghanistan, Jordan, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India. The book also features Discussion Points and a list of useful organisations and websites.

This book straddles divides between Disability Studies and International Development Studies; and also between activism, research and practice. It is aimed at:

  • International development planners, practitioners and funders interested in tackling poverty and promoting social change;
  • Disabled people's organisations worldwide;
  • Students and researchers working in Disability Studies; and
  • Students and researchers working in International Development Studies.

Disability and Development is now out of print. However, the full text is available electronically on our web site in the Archive section. Please use the following links:

  1. Disability and Development in the Majority World (Emma Stone)

Challenges from Disabled People

  1. A Profession Allied to the Community: The Disabled People's Trade Union (Vic Finkelstein)
  2. Disabled People's Organisations and Development: Strategies for change (Rachel Hurst)

Programmes and Partnerships

  1. Action on Disability and Development: Working with disabled people's organisations in developing countries (Barbara Frost)
  2. Integrating a Disability Perspective into Mainstream Development Programmes: The experience of Save the Children (UK) in East Asia (Hazel Jones)
  3. Creating Conversations: The evolution of the Enabling Education Network - EENET (Susie Miles)
  4. Challenges for Universities of the North Interested in Community Based Rehabilitation (Sheila Wirz & Sally Hartley)

Evaluating Interventions

  1. Translating Theory into Practice in a Different Cultural Context: A bilingual approach for deaf children in China (Alison Callaway)
  2. Empowerment and CBR? Issues raised by the South Indian experience (Ray Lang)
  3. Development, Cultural Values and Disability: The example of Afghanistan (Peter Coleridge)

Researching Disability

  1. Making Connections: Using stories from China as an example (Emma Stone)
  2. Disability Policy and Provision in Jordan: A critical perspective (Majid Turmusani)
  3. Ghosts and Germs: Cerebral Palsy in Nepal - a preliminary exploration of cosmology and disability (Rebecca Saul & David Phillips)
  4. Can Formal Disability Services be Developed with South Asian Historical and Conceptual Foundations? (M.Miles)
  5. Engaging with Difference: Soul-searching for a methodology in disability and development research (Sue Stubbs)
  6. List of Useful Organisations

The online text should be considered as a second edition. The page numbers in the electronic versions are different from those in the first print edition. If quoting from these documents, please reference the URL for each chapter.