Working towards Equity: Disability Rights Activism and Employment in Late Twentieth-Century Canada

By Dustin Galer

© 2018

In Working towards Equity, Dustin Galer argues that paid work significantly shaped the experience of disability during the late twentieth century. Using a critical analysis of disability in archival records, personal collections, government publications and a series of interviews, Galer demonstrates how demands for greater access among disabled people for paid employment stimulated the development of a new discourse of disability in Canada. Family advocates helped people living in institutions move out into the community as rehabilitation professionals played an increasingly critical role in the lives of working-age adults with disabilities. Meanwhile, civil rights activists crafted a new consumer-led vision of social and economic integration. Employment was, and remains, a central component in disabled peoples' efforts to become productive, autonomous and financially secure members of Canadian society. Working towards Equity offers new in-depth analysis on rights activism as it relates to employment, sheltered workshops, deinstitutionalization and labour markets in the contemporary context in Canada.

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  • Page Count: 328 pages
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In Working towards Equity, Dustin Galer argues that paid work significantly shaped the experience of disability during the late twentieth century.

Working towards Equity: Disability Rights Activism and Employment in Late Twentieth-Century Canada

By Dustin Galer

© 2018

In Working towards Equity, Dustin Galer argues that paid work significantly shaped the experience of disability during the late twentieth century. Using a critical analysis of disability in archival records, personal collections, government publications and a series of interviews, Galer demonstrates how demands for greater access among disabled people for paid employment stimulated the development of a new discourse of disability in Canada. Family advocates helped people living in institutions move out into the community as rehabilitation professionals played an increasingly critical role in the lives of working-age adults with disabilities. Meanwhile, civil rights activists crafted a new consumer-led vision of social and economic integration. Employment was, and remains, a central component in disabled peoples' efforts to become productive, autonomous and financially secure members of Canadian society. Working towards Equity offers new in-depth analysis on rights activism as it relates to employment, sheltered workshops, deinstitutionalization and labour markets in the contemporary context in Canada.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Working towards Equity makes a notable and worthwhile contribution to the field of disability studies as well as to social policy, labour history, and social movement activism studies in Canada. The illustrations and photographs are terrific features helping to bring alive the history, making it both personal and political."


    Michael J. Prince, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria and Author of 'Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada'

    "Working towards Equity draws from a broad array of sources, including archived manuscript collections, documentary films, interviews, government reports, and published monographs and articles. Filling a significant gap in the historiography of disability rights, employment, and labour, this study makes a significant contribution to twentieth-century social and cultural history."


    Michael Rembis, Department of History, University of Buffalo, SUNY
  • Author Information

    Dustin Galer received his PhD in history from the University of Toronto. He is the founder of MyHistorian (www.myhistorian.ca) where he works as a personal historian.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Illustrations

    Introduction

    1. Disability Activism, Work and Identity

    2. Family Advocacy and the Struggle for Economic Integration

    3. Rehabilitation, Awareness Campaigns, and the Pursuit of Employability

    4. “A Voice of Our Own”: Disability Rights Activism and Struggle to Work

    5. Sheltered Workshops and the Evolution of Disability Advocacy

    6. Employers and the Ideological (Re)Construction of the Workplace

    7. Rise and Decline of the Activist Canadian State

    8. Labour Organizations, Disability Rights, and the Limitations of Social Unionism in Canada

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

    Notes

    Appendix I: Abbreviations

    Appendix II: Profile of Interview Participants