Easy Targets: Seen and Not Heard—The Silencing and Invisibility of Disabled Children and Parents in Post-Reform Aotearoa New Zealand
Families are positioned by services, professional knowledge and media.
Disability charity organisations and support groups have taken on the roles previously associated with state-funded institutions.
Families become consumers rather than navigators steering their own course.
De-institutionalisation had taken over two decades to achieve, the model of managerialism and reform was implemented in less than 12 months.
Print media discourse maintains a negative regard of disabled people, children and their parents.
The provision of care by families is linked to the view that disability is an individual’s burden.
In contemporary society, the ethos of individualism and choice often displace disability rights.
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