It explores issues that are central to rehabilitation, such as the nature of the body, the idea of independence, the rehabilitation process, evidence-based practice and client-centred practice. Seeking always to ground theoretical ideas in the realities of every-day rehabilitation practice, and drawing from a wealth of research evidence, the book continually examines the implications of these perspectives for the education, practice, service delivery, research and theoretical development of the rehabilitation professions.
Preface. Exploring the assumptions underpinning rehabilitation. Normality and the classification of difference. Disability and deviance from the norm. Theoretical models of disability. The cultural perpetuation of disability. The body and physical impairment. Disability, rehabilitation and liminality. Rehabilitation fundamentals. Client-centred philosophy: exploring privalege and power. Researching disability and rehabilitation. Contesting assumptions; challenging practice. Glossary. References