Living with "The Wall": The Experiences and Perspectives on Social Relationships of Two Taiwanese People with a Physical Disability

Lin, Hsiu-Ching, Knox, Marie F., Barr, Jennieffer A., Chiu, Man-Yen, & Chung, Kao-Chi (2006) Living with "The Wall": The Experiences and Perspectives on Social Relationships of Two Taiwanese People with a Physical Disability. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.


The individual model of disability, as outlined by Oliver and his colleagues (Barnes, Mercer, & Shakespeare, 1999; Oliver, 1996a, 1996b, 1996c; Oliver & Sapey, 2006; Swain, French, & Cameron, 2003; Thomas, 1999) has been the traditional philosophical approach to "train" people with disabilities (referred to as "patients") to be as independent as possible in order to maximize or maintain their functioning. Medical personnel such as doctors, occupational therapists or physical therapists are seen as experts with regard to medical treatment or rehabilitation, and their purpose is to provide programs aimed at improving quality of life of individuals with a disability. However, disability is not a single issue which can be viewed or explained purely by the individual model of disability (Miles, 2002) The cultural understanding of disability within a society is a pervasive influence on the way that disability is understood within a particular culture and on the social values or attitudes towards people with a disability (Miles, 1995, 2002; Oliver & Sapey, 2006). Therefore, disability can be conceptualized as a social issue with different cultural understanding among various cultures, and not just a medical issue. This paper will focus on the understanding of disability within the Taiwanese culture.

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ID Code: 6464
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (The authors)
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2013 06:33

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