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Women with Intellectual Disabilities: Finding a Place on the World

Women with Intellectual Disabilities: Finding a Place on the World


Edited by Kelley Johnson, Edited by Rannveig Traustadottir


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  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 232mm x 157mm | 493g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853028460
  • ISBN 13: 9781853028465
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

An exploration of issues affecting the lives of women with intellectual disabilities, this book examines how they have found a place for themselves in families, in relationships, at work, and in communities. It consists of their stories, written by themselves or by those close to them, and of qualitative research on particular areas of their lives. It takes an international perspective, including contributions from women living in Europe, Australia, India and the US. Women with intellectual disabilities face specific problems in writing about their lives. Some of these problems relate to their disability,others to the way they are perceived by the boarder communities in which they live. These stories challenge the prevailing stereotypes about women with intellectual disabilities as a homogeneous groups in need to care and protection. Throughout the book, women's experiences from different countries and cultures are represented. Their personal stories and feminist scholarship are linked together, to provide new and important perspectives on issues of gender and disability. This book will be particularly important for policy workers and practitioners in the disability field, as well as to sociologists and psychologists.

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Author information

Kelley Johnson is Professor of Disability, Policy and Practice at the University of Bristol, and Director of the Norah Fry Research Centre. Rannveig Traustadottir is Associate Professor at the University of Iceland where she teaches about research methods and minority issues, and does research with women with disabilities and other minority women. She has worked with women with intellectual disabilities for more than two decades as an advocate, direst care worker and researcher.

Table of contents

Exclusion and inclusion of women with intellectual disabilities, Kelley Johnson, Rannveig Traustadottir. Part 1 Finding a place in families: what is life like? Tamara Kainova, Maria Czerma; coming home, Sonia Holubkova et al; discovering a sister, Rosemary West; life without parents - experiences of older women, Christine Bigby. Part 2 Finding a place in relationships: family, friends and work: this is my life, Janice Slattery, Kelly Johnson; learning from and with women - Jenny's story, Kristjana Kristiansen; friendship - love or work? Rannveig Traustadottir; consent, abuse an choices - women and sexual relationships, Michelle McCarthy. Part 3 finding a place at work: "we like working", Tamara Kainova, Maria Czerna; Gina's story, Sonia Teuben; my leadership career, Nancy Ward, Bonnie Shoultz; an ordinary job, Maria Hreioarsdottir, Anna Einarsdottir; working for a living, Kristjana Kristiansen; caring - a place in the world? Jan Walmsley. Part 4 Finding a place in communities: my life in L'Arch, Pat Felt, Pam Walker; keeping our children against the odds - mothers with intellectual disabilities, Hanna Bjorg et al; multiculturalism and community life, Susan O'Connor, Shridevi Subba Rao; demanding community rights - 39 months under the Disability Discrimination Act, Amanda Tuttleby, Kelley Johnson.