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Childhood and disability / Gideon Calder

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children, Issue: 1, Pages: 260 - 270

Swansea University Author: Gideon, Calder

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Disabled children may be characterised by what they share in common with other people (whether disabled or children), and by what makes their situation different. This chapter addresses this in two ways. Firstly, it looks at general questions about the nature of disability: competing ways in which ‘...

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Published in: The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children
ISBN: 9781138915978
Published: Abingdon and New York Routledge 2018
Online Access: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-the-Philosophy-of-Childhood-and-Children/Gheaus-Calder-De-Wispelaere/p/book/9781138915978
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa45233
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Abstract: Disabled children may be characterised by what they share in common with other people (whether disabled or children), and by what makes their situation different. This chapter addresses this in two ways. Firstly, it looks at general questions about the nature of disability: competing ways in which ‘disability’ has been defined; whether ‘disabled people’ constitute a distinct group; and at key normative questions which arise when we consider those theoretical issues in the context of childhood. Secondly, it briefly explores a series of representative focal points of debate: how children’s disabilities figure in our understanding of parental love and care; relations between disabled parents and their children; education; and the moral status of children with cognitive disabilities. While such cases resonate with and illuminate wider more general matters concerning the needs, relationships and rights of children and disabled people, they also pose highly specific ethical challenges.
Keywords: children, disability, rights, parents, care, social model
Issue: 1
Start Page: 260
End Page: 270