Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada by Michael J. Prince

By Michael J. Prince

Publish yr note: First released in 2009

Disability exists within the shadows of public understanding and on the outer edge of coverage making. individuals with disabilities are, in lots of respects, lacking from the theories and practices of social rights, political participation, employment, and civic club. Absent voters brings to gentle those persistent deficiencies in Canadian society and emphasizes the results that those omissions have at the lives of electorate with disabilities.

Drawing jointly components from feminist experiences, political technology, public management, sociology, and concrete reports, Michael J. Prince examines mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, public attitudes on incapacity, and policy-making methods within the context of incapacity. Absent voters additionally considers social activism and civic engagements via individuals with disabilities and incapacity group companies, highlighting presence instead of absence and advocating either inquiry and motion to ameliorate the marginalization of a frequently forgotten phase of the Canadian inhabitants.

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In cases ranging from a local school board, the federal correctional services, to provincial health care services, the Supreme Court of Canada has held that employers have a duty under section 15 to make reasonable accommodations to the needs of a person with a mental or physical disability (Hogg 2007). Accommodations, however, may not be as generic in programming as disability advocates or family members want, nor are legal victories promptly implemented throughout the institutions of government or the private sector.

Disability, Politics, and Citizenship 15 absences and actions. Both are crucial to a realistic understanding of the concerns of individuals with disabilities and their families as well as the myriad activities of the disability movement. Enabling Citizenship In modern disability politics, citizenship is a leading term of discourse and a central target of policy reform. Disability groups are seeking to achieve equality of status through full citizenship as well as alter the language of the social policy community and wider society.

For Canadians with disabilities, however, legal rights are under continuing debate and development. This ongoing interpretation of basic civil rights through judicial forums is contributing to a ‘legalization’ of citizenship, a process in Canadian politics not unique to people with disabilities, but one central to their struggle for full membership. The disability community’s agenda seeks to ensure that law making and the administration of justice account for the concerns of people with disabilities.

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