Disablism in the lives of people living with a chronic illness in England and Portugal

Be Pereira, Ana (2016) Disablism in the lives of people living with a chronic illness in England and Portugal. Disability and Society, 31 (4). pp. 465-480. ISSN 0968-7599 (Print), 1360-0508 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper is based on research about the daily lives of people living with chronic illnesses in England and Portugal. Through the first-person narratives of participants, I argue that the lives of people living with debilitating chronic illnesses are affected by disablism, discrimination and exclusion. These aspects affect them in several important realms of life such as lack of or poor social support, difficulties in obtaining reasonable adjustments or the inability to obtain any kind of state support at all. These aspects are also widespread and compound and greatly influence their lives, beyond or in addition to the physical experience of the illness itself. I conclude that it is fundamental to change these structural and policy aspects so that people can have access to what I have termed a paradigm of sustained wellbeing, despite the illness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Society on 3rd June 2016, available online:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687599.2016.1181048."
Keywords: disablism, chronic illness, disability, sustained wellbeing, Portugal, England
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2016 09:15
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 09:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1088

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