Disability: A Fresh Approach to an Old Dilemma

History has witnessed numerous discourses concerning disability in general and autism in particular, most notably in the fields of religion, medicine, and social welfare. Although these discourses diverge considerably in their emphasis and intent, most share a common conception of disability as a “p...

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Published in:Journal of religion, disability & health
Authors: Hills, Karenne; Meteyard, John
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge 2013
In:Journal of religion, disability & health
Year: 2013, Volume: 17, Issue: 1, Pages: 62-72
Further subjects:B Autism
B Pastoral care
B disability
B Counseling
B Christianity
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Summary:History has witnessed numerous discourses concerning disability in general and autism in particular, most notably in the fields of religion, medicine, and social welfare. Although these discourses diverge considerably in their emphasis and intent, most share a common conception of disability as a “problem to be solved.” In contrast, the authors of this article argue that recent Christian theological discourses concerning autism, as well as their own experience as family members of people with disabilities, suggest a different approach. Specifically, they suggest disability is a difference to be embraced rather than a problem to be fixed. Implications of such an approach when counseling people who have a disability and their families are discussed.
ISSN:1522-9122
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion, disability & health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/15228967.2013.753715