In the previous chapter, I suggested that disability policies are shaped by an exercise of power. I argued that dominant groups subscribe to particular norms, values and conceptual definitions, all of which they employ in the building of the policies that they desire to advance. The aims of these policies are, naturally, congruent with the beliefs and attitudes of their authors. Equally clearly, the specific goals of disability policies will hinge on the values of the governments who formulated them. Accordingly, the central questions for this chapter are: what kinds of disability policies may exist, and how are we to measure the impact of various kinds of policies on disabled people?
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