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Editors: Roy I. Brown (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada) and Rhonda M. Faragher (School of Education, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Book Description:
We all long for a life of purpose and fulfillment. Striving for high quality of life for us and those we care for is a powerful motivator. Many busy people dream of being lazy by a pool fanned by a soft summer breeze, but this does not last. A short time of rest and replenishment is quickly replaced by boredom and a sense of purposelessness. Quality of life is much deeper than material comfort, though this has a role. Sadly in our world today, many people live lives lacking in meaning and value: the unemployed, the underemployed, those with disabilities who would like to contribute to society but are deprived the opportunity. Their quality of life is not what it could be.

In this book, we have attempted to provide examples of how people face challenges, and the family members, professionals and care personnel who support them can be helped and supported through services working within a quality of life framework. The book provides a challenge to be addressed by the individual, their families, local communities, governments, international organizations and the society at large. (Imprint: Nova)

Book Reviews

“If one is looking for an in-depth insight into the manifold aspects of the concept of quality of life, I would strongly commend the book Quality of Life and Intellectual Disability, for its encyclopaedic scope, perceptive contributions and immediate relevance to the field of intellectual disability. It merits an easily accessible place on the bookshelf of all practitioners who actively seek ways to enhance the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability.” - Reviewed by Dr. Robin Jackson, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Learning Disability Studies University of Hertfordshire, UK

"Learning how all people with disabilities can achieve the highest quality of life possible is the next great challenge. This book provides an exciting action plan to make it happen." - Reviewed by Dr. Paul Pagliano, Associate Professor, School of Education, James Cook University, Australia

This book has also been reviewed by the following people:

James Cairns, M.A., researcher and counsellor who is committed to providing opportunities for marginalized voices to share their experiences - reviewed in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Seth M. Keller, MD, Co-Chair NTG, Past President AADMD. To read the review, click here.

Peter Mittler, Emeritus Professor of Special Needs Education, University of Manchester, UN consultant on disability and education. To read the review, click here.

David Mitchell, Adjunct Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. To read the review, click here.

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Table of Contents:


Section One: Theoretical Perspectives

Chapter 1. Quality of Life in the Wider World. Challenges from the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(Roy I. Brown, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada and Rhonda M. Faragher, Australian Catholic University, Canberra, Australia)

Chapter 2. Quality of Life as a Change Agent
(Robert L. Schalock and Miguel Angel Verdugo, Hastings College, Nebraska, USA and others)

Section Two: Applications in Education

Chapter 3. Applying the Principles of Quality of Life to Education
(Rhonda M. Faragher, Carolyn Broadbent, Roy I. Brown and Jill Burgess, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Canberra, Australia and others)

Chapter 4. Enhancing Quality of Life: Teaching Children who Display Challenging Behaviors to Succeed
(Jill Burgess, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Canberra, Australia)

Chapter 5. “Fail at Maths and You Fail at Life”: Learned Barriers to Equal Opportunities - Mathematics Anxiety and Quality of Life
(Sue A. Wilson, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Canberra, Australia)

Section Three: Families and Quality of Life

Chapter 6. Family Quality of Life in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Support-Based Framework to Enhance Quality of Life in other Families
(Nina I. Zuna, Ivan Brown and Roy I. Brown, Department of Special Education, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA and others)

Chapter 7. Application of Quality of Life to Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who Experience Child Maltreatment
(Ivan Brown and Ann Fudge Schormans, Centre for Applied Disability Studies, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada and others)

Chapter 8. Worries about Children in Families with Complex Needs
(Morag McArthur and Rhonda M. Faragher, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, Cangerra Campus, Australia and others)

Section Four: Applications in other Social Contexts

Chapter 9. Enhancing the Quality of Life of Marginalized Populations through Employment
(Rosemary M. Lysaght, Queen’s University, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Kingston, Canada and Virginie Cobigo, University of Ottawa, School of Psychology & Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, Ottawa, Canada)

Chapter 10. The Inclusive City through the Lens of Quality of Life
(Alice Schippers and Lieke van Heumen, Stichting Disability Studies in Nederland, Amersfoort, the Netherlands and others)

Chapter 11. The Cascading Transition Model: Easing the Challenges of Transition Experienced by Individuals with Autism and their Support Staff
(Nehama T. Baum and Meaghan Edwards, MukiBaum Accessibility Foundation, Toronto, Canada and others)

Chapter 12. Vision Impairment and Quality of Life: Issues from around the World
(Paul M. Ajuwon and Ruth Bieber, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA and others)

Chapter 13. Health-Related Quality of Life
(Margaret R. Kyrkou, Disability and Community Inclusion, School of Medicine, Flinders University, South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 14. Quality of Life and Older-Aged Adults
(Nancy S. Jokinen, School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)

Chapter 15. Incorporating the Concept of Quality of Life in Individual Support Plans
(Nuta Yisrael Shurack and Cynthia Roling, Milieu Family Services, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)

Section Five: Conclusions

Chapter 16. Quality of Life: Four Under-Considered Intersections
(H. Rutherford Turnbull III, The Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA)

Chapter 17. Inclusion and Quality of Life: Are We There Yet?
(Trevor R. Parmenter, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Sydney, Camperdown and School of Rural Medicine, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia)

Section Six: Acknowledgements

Chapter 18. About the Editors

Chapter 19. About the Authors

Chapter 20. About the Book Series “Disability Studies”

Section Seven: Index

      Disability Studies (Joav Merrick - Series Editor - Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel)
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2014 - 1st Quarter
   Pages: 7x10 - (NBC-C)
   ISBN: 978-1-62948-264-4
   Status: AV
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