Question of Access Disability, Space, Meaning

ISBN-10: 144261000X
ISBN-13: 9781442610002
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Description: Values such as ‘access’ and ‘inclusion’ are unquestioned in the contemporary educational landscape. But many methods of addressing these issues — installing signs, ramps, and accessible washrooms — frame disability only as a problem to be ‘fixed.’  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 9/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Values such as ‘access’ and ‘inclusion’ are unquestioned in the contemporary educational landscape. But many methods of addressing these issues — installing signs, ramps, and accessible washrooms — frame disability only as a problem to be ‘fixed.’ The Question of Accessinvestigates the social meanings of access in contemporary university life from the perspective of Cultural Disability Studies.Through narratives of struggle and analyses of policy and everyday practices, Tanya Titchkosky shows how interpretations of access reproduce conceptions of who belongs, where and when. Titchkosky examines how the bureaucratization of access issues has affected understandings of our lives together in social space. Representing ‘access’ as a beginning point for how disability can be rethought, rather than as a mere synonym for justice, The Question of Accessallows readers to critically question their own implicit conceptions of disability, non-disability, and access.

Tanya Titchkosky is an associate professor and an associate department chair at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

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