Whilst in the library I chose to have a look for books that I could find relevant to my topic of disability. Here I came across four, I hadn’t looked at them before taking them back to my desk so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into! However, I did find a couple of interesting pointers (not in every book) that caught me when reading.
— The book that interested me the most was ‘Constructions of Disability’ by Claire Tregaskis (2004), as she speaks about her own personal experiences as a disabled person, and how life has been and the difficulties she faced growing up with a disability. Claire Tregaskis’s focused on many areas within the book such as being a disabled person herself, disability stereotyping, her research about disabilities, working as a disabled person and many other things. However, her main aim for writing this book was to explore the social interactions between disables and non-disabled people.
— In the book ‘Understanding Disability Policy’ by Alan Roulstone and Simone Prideaux (2012), both authors discuss the importance of and contextualise the disability policy. I didn’t manage to read the whole of this book, more of a skim through but I did come across some interesting points within that could help me through my researching process.
— ‘Understanding Disability’ by Peggy Quinn (1998) was the next book I looked at. Due to this book being published in 1998, unfortunately for me, it wasn’t up-to-date enough. Despite this, Peggy Quinn does cover disability in many ways which I think is great and she does discuss the attitudes of people towards disability in the 20th Century; this could be a good starting point for me so I can see how disabilities and peoples perceptions of disabilities have changed as we are now in the 21st Century.
— The last book I looked at; ‘Disabling Barriers – Enabling Environments’ by John Swaine, Sally French, Colin Barnes and Carol Thomas (2004), was quite overwhelming with the amount of different information coming from various authors. It does cover many areas though such as perspectives of disability and impairments, peoples own vision of themselves, how a disability controls your life, help and support and lastly about society.