By Michael J. Prince
Publish yr note: First released in 2009
Disability exists within the shadows of public know-how and on the outer edge of coverage making. individuals with disabilities are, in lots of respects, lacking from the theories and practices of social rights, political participation, employment, and civic club. Absent electorate brings to mild those continual deficiencies in Canadian society and emphasizes the results that those omissions have at the lives of voters with disabilities.
Drawing jointly parts from feminist reviews, political technology, public management, sociology, and concrete stories, Michael J. Prince examines mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, public attitudes on incapacity, and policy-making approaches within the context of incapacity. Absent voters additionally considers social activism and civic engagements by way of individuals with disabilities and incapacity group corporations, highlighting presence instead of absence and advocating either inquiry and motion to ameliorate the marginalization of a frequently disregarded section of the Canadian inhabitants.
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Furthermore, a slender majority of Canadians agrees (54 per cent) they would hide a non-visible disability such as dyslexia or depression from their employer and co-workers, a finding that illustrates a widely perceived negative status and social stigma associated with these disabilities, among others no doubt. What do Canadians think need to be done in furthering social inclusion and tackling discrimination? The national survey responses divide into three realms of actions. First, 62 per cent believe personal awareness through education efforts in schools and general information Pride and Prejudice 41 campaigns is the primary solution to addressing discrimination and stigma, advancing inclusion, and enhancing the self-confidence of people with disabilities.
Some felt that if there is a way to ‘categorize’ physical and mental disability, then it might be possible to integrate some students with disabilities and to offer special segregated opportunities to others [such as for children with learning and behavioural disabilities]. (Environics Research Group 2004b: 10) Here we see age-old habits of thinking and therapeutic practices in assessing and classifying people by their differences, then segregating 38 Absent Citizens certain types of people with certain kinds of impairments away from the mainstream.
Valentine and Vickers 1996: 173) In fact, the process of securing the right to full access continues. Further amendments were made to the federal electoral law and administrative practices in 1993, 1996, and 2000. Furthermore, Elections Canada has sponsored a series of articles on the electoral participation of people with disabilities (Davidson and Lapp 2004; D’Aubin and Stienstra 2004; Leclerc 2004; Prince 2004a) and funded research examining outreach services for electors with special needs – a category that includes people with low literacy skills, homeless people, and persons with disabilities – with the aim of increasing voter turnout and related forms of electoral participation.
Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada by Michael J. Prince