Disability discrimination in healthcare services and employment
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Disability discrimination in healthcare services and employment

Christopher Barber Registered nurse (learning disability) and visiting lecturer, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

This article discusses the meaning and philosophical basis of disability discrimination in health care. It focuses on aspects of language that influence discourse about disability and affect the experiences of people with disabilities. Reference is made to the experiences of those who have an autism spectrum condition, with a specific focus on three NHS employees with Asperger syndrome, in relation to disability discrimination. The implications for nurses and nursing are discussed. Recommendations are made for awareness raising and training.

Nursing Standard. 30, 5, 40-45. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.5.40.e9983



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Received: 19 March 2014

Accepted: 19 February 2015