Disability and Social Policy in Canada, 2e

Mary Ann McColl, Lyn Jongbloed   (Eds.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-55322-128-9 (2006)
482 pages, 660 g, 6 X 9, $54.50 (US$43.50)

Concise and accessible, this book is the authoritative, up-to-date resource for academics, researchers, students and professionals engaged in the field of disability and social policy.

Disability and Social Policy in Canada, 2e is the most comprehensive source of information on the present state of the disability policy in Canada. This new edition, edited by Dr. Mary Ann McColl and Dr. Lyn Jongbloed, moves beyond existing programs and history and focuses more on issues affecting policy and policy analysis. It analyzes the current state and future prospects of disability policy at the beginning of the 21st century, and attempts to identify directions for development and investment to ensure the best possible policy environment for disabled Canadians.

The understanding and perception of disability has changed over the years. Guided by two major questions—“What does it mean to have a disability?” and “What is society obliged to do for those who have a disability?”—the book defines who the disability community is and how they are perceived by policy makers. It examines the current Canadian policy context to identify the issues that are most pressing and strategic for people with disabilities. It also looks at disabled people in the political environment—the organizations that represent them and their relative success or failure as political actors. The authors provide an up-to-date presentation of specific policy issues that are of particular interest to people with disabilities: employment and income, health and social services, as well as culture and community services. Furthermore, they highlight the trends that currently dominate disability issues and discuss the obstacles yet to be overcome, the resources that are available and the future directions.

In the enormously complex and fragmented area of disability policy, this book clarifies the most complicated questions and raises the awareness of the future of disability policy.

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SECTION I Disability in Canada

  1. Disability Surveys in Canada
    Adele Furrie
  2. Profiling Canadians with Disabilities
    Adele Furrie
  3. Portraits of Disability in National Surveys
    Mary Ann McColl
  4. Policy, Disability, Reciprocity?
    Tanya Titchkosky

SECTION II The Disability Policy Context

  1. Canadian Charter v. American ADA:
    Individual Rights or Collective Responsibilities
    Jerome E. Bickenbach
  2. Obscuring Disability:
    The Impact of a Universalism/Minority Group Dichotomy on Assessing Equality
    Ian Joiner
  3. A National Strategy for Disability Supports:
    Where Is the Government of Canada in This Social Project?
    Michael J. Prince
  4. Trends Impacting Disability:
    National and International Perspectives
    Marcia H. Rioux and Rita M. Samson

SECTION III Advocacy and Consumer Participation

  1. Perhaps Not Yet: Policy Making through Citizen Engagement
    Ian Joiner
  2. Who Are We? The Disability Community in Canada
    Michael J. Prince
  3. Social Change Partnerships:
    Advocates, Business and Government
    Aileen Wight Felsk and Olga Krassioukova-Enns
  4. Policy Shifts and Challenges:
    Coping Strategies of Disability Organizations
    Will Boyce, Kari Krogh and Emily Boyce
  5. People with Disabilities and Political Participation
    Deborah Stienstra and April D'ubin
  6. Electoral Participation among Disabled People in Canada
    Mary Ann McColl

SECTION IV Specific Policy Issues

  1. Disability Income and Employment Policies in Canada:
    Historical Development
    Lyn Jongbloed
  2. Lean and Mean Times:
    Employment and Income Support Policies for Persons with Disabilities
    Emily Boyce, Will Boyce and Kari Krogh
  3. Canada Pension Plan Disability Program:
    Building a Solid Foundation
    Nancy Lawand and Rita Kloosterman
  4. Disability and Social Policy in Canada:
    A Focus on Inclusion Initiatives
    Vianne Timmons
  5. Structural Determinants of Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities
    Mary Ann McColl
  6. The Emergence of the Self-Managed Attendant Services in Ontario:
    An Independent Living Model for Canadians Requiring Attendant Services
    Karen Yoshida, Vic Willi, Ian Parker and David Locker
  7. Mental Capacity through a Disability Law Lens
    Lana Kerzner
  8. Exile from the China Shop:
    Cultural Injunction and Disability Policy
    Catherine Frazee
  9. Making Federally Regulated Transportation Systems Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
    April D'Aubin



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Mary Ann McColl is Associate Director, Research at CHSPR, and Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology as well as in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. She received a Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics from the University of Toronto in 1991, and a M.H.Sc. in Community Health and Epidemiology in 1983. She came to Queen’s in 1992, as Head of Occupational Therapy (1992 to 1998). Prior to that (1987 to 1992), she was Director of Research at Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Centre. From 1983 to 1992 she taught at the University of Toronto, Occupational Therapy Department. Her primary research interest is health services and policy for people with disabilities, community integration and social support for people with disabilities, and measurement issues in disability and rehabilitation.

Lyn Jongbloed is Associate Professor in occupational therapy at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her research interests focus on the interrelationships between disability and the social, economic and political environments.

The contributors of this excellent volume on disability and social policy in Canada include Canada's best educators, researchers, practitioners and advocates: