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Understanding Disability
A Lifespan Approach



November 1997 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Beginning with infancy and the diagnosis of congenital or early onset disabilities, this book identifies traditional developmental life stages for those with disabilities as well as the impact of disability at each of these periods. It then provides specific information for four different disabilities: Down's syndrome, visual impairment, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Spinal cord injury at the young adult stage of development is also included. With this knowledge, the reader can determine expected age-appropriate activities and accomplishments as well as some adapted expectations.

In keeping with a social work emphasis on strengths, the book is based on a social, rather than medical, model of disability. The information provided enables social workers to create treatment plans, coordinate with other professionals, and competently assist the person with the disability and the family.

 
PART ONE: INFANTS AND CHILDREN
 
Infancy
Birth to Six Months  
 
Toddler
Six Months to Two Years  
 
Pre-School
Two to Five Years  
 
School Age
Six to Twelve Years  
 
PART TWO: TEENS AND ADULTS
 
Adolescence
13 to 19 Years  
 
Young Adult
19-35 Years  
 
Middle Adult
36-65 Years  
 
Older Adult
66 Years and Older  

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