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A shared framework and language for childhood disability

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Allan ColverORCiD


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The social model of disability and the new sociology of childhood emphasize respectively the relevance of the environment to participation and the importance of quality of life. Such ideas can be readily understood by and shared among parents, young disabled people, professionals, and planners. They also make clearer what professionals are trying to do when supporting disabled children and their families. This article discusses these concepts and shows how they must be expressed in quantitative terms if they are to influence research, planning, and clinical practice.

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Author(s): Colver A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Year: 2005

Volume: 47

Issue: 11

Pages: 780-784

Print publication date: 01/11/2005

ISSN (print): 0012-1622

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8749


DOI: 10.1017/S0012162205001635

PubMed id: 16225744