By Michael J. Prince
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2009
Disability exists within the shadows of public expertise 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 electorate brings to gentle those persistent deficiencies in Canadian society and emphasizes the consequences that those omissions have at the lives of voters with disabilities.
Drawing jointly components from feminist experiences, political technology, public management, sociology, and concrete reviews, Michael J. Prince examines mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, public attitudes on incapacity, and policy-making procedures within the context of incapacity. Absent voters additionally considers social activism and civic engagements by way of individuals with disabilities and incapacity group firms, highlighting presence instead of absence and advocating either inquiry and motion to ameliorate the marginalization of a frequently forgotten section of the Canadian inhabitants.
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Pride and Prejudice 43 44 Absent Citizens individuals with disabilities. Results reflect the ‘federal condition’ of the country, and the intergovernmental nature of civil society and political discourse, as well as governmental arrangements (Cameron and Valentine 2001; Puttee 2002; Smiley 1987). Canadians are divided as to whether the provinces/territories (37 per cent), the federal government (34 per cent), or municipal government (14 per cent) is the best level to provide supports. Just 10 per cent expressed the opinion that it is all or some combination of these levels.
In addition to these disability-specific surveys that focus on the experience of people with different types and severity of disability, the federal government collects information on disability in other major surveys, including the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics and the National Population Health Survey. Despite this growing source of statistical information, a gap exists in knowing the attitudes and beliefs of Canadians, those with and without disabilities, toward issues of disability. A national survey specifically on Canadian attitudes toward disability issues has the potential of shedding light on the puzzle as to why the disability file is never at the top of the agenda – always a bridesmaid, never the bride.
That is to say, from this perspective disability is a personal misfortune rooted in biological impairments and functional limitations. The problem largely resides in and with the disabled person, so, apparently, should responsibility for being able to participate in the social world. 3 Canadian pride and prejudice: Most important role in helping people with disabilities participate fully in society (percentages) Families of the persons with the disability Voluntary organizations Disabled persons themselves Governments Religious organizations More than one is most important Don’t know 31 22 16 16 5 9 2 Source: Environics Research Group, Canadian Attitudes toward Disability Issues: 2004 Benchmark Survey, Final Report.