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Employment policy and practice: a perspective from the disabled people's movement

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.003.0014
Employment policy and practice: a perspective from the disabled people's movement

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This chapter draws on useful insights from organisations of disabled people, and their implications for future employment policies and practice. It notes that disabled people have, perhaps surprisingly, been overlooked in the design, implementation, and review of much disability employment policy. The chapter identifies not only evidence of deficits in current policy and practice, but also the roots of these deficits. It furthermore describes both a basis for practical solutions, as well as the need for a shift in understanding of the disability and employment ‘problem’. The chapter opines that there are good ideas to import from policy studies outside employment issues, from current searching reviews on the role of civil society (the voluntary and community sector), and from ‘whole-systems’ theory.

Keywords: disabled people; future employment policies; evidence of deficits; practical solutions; civil society; whole-systems theory

Chapter.  4899 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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