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Disability and spirituality have traditionally been understood as two distinct spheres: disability is physical and thus belongs to health care professionals, while spirituality is religious and belongs to the church, synagogue, or mosque and their theologians, clergy, rabbis, and imams. This division leads to stunted theoretical understanding, limited collaboration, and segregated practices, all of which contribute to a lack of capacity to see people with disabilities as whole human beings and full members of a diverse human family.
 
Contesting the assumptions that separate disability and spirituality, William Gaventa argues for the integration of these two worlds. As Gaventa shows, the quest to understand disability inevitably leads from historical and scientific models into the world of spirituality—to the ways that values, attitudes, and beliefs shape our understanding of the meaning of disability. The reverse is also true. The path to understanding spirituality is a journey that leads to disability—to experiences of limitation and vulnerability, where the core questions of what it means to be human are often starkly and profoundly clear.
 
In  Disability and Spirituality Gaventa constructs this whole and human path before turning to examine spirituality in the lives of those individuals with disabilities, their families and those providing care, their friends and extended relationships, and finally the communities to which we all belong. At each point Gaventa shows that disability and spirituality are part of one another from the very beginning of creation. Recovering wholeness encompasses their reunion—a cohesion that changes our vision and enables us to everyone as fully human.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Advance Praise, About the Series, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Series Introduction
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part 1. Disability and Spirituality: Each Leads to the Other
  1. 1. Naming and Defining Disability: A Brief History
  2. pp. 9-24
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  1. 2. Disability: From Definition, Diagnosis, and Assessment to Meaning
  2. pp. 25-42
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  1. 3. Spirituality: From Meaning to Disability
  2. pp. 43-62
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  1. Part 2. Spirituality in the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities
  1. 4. Spirituality in the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. 5. Spiritual Development and Formation: From Child to Adult
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. 6. Spirituality and the Transition to Adulthood
  2. pp. 101-118
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  1. 7. Spirituality, Aging, and End of Life: A Paradox of Loss and Celebration
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. Part 3. Spirituality and Families
  1. 8. Spirituality and Families: Beginnings and Journeys
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. 9. Respite Care: A Sabbath for (and from) Caregivers
  2. pp. 159-172
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  1. Part 4. Spirituality and Professionals
  1. 10. Integrating Spirituality in Professional Services and Roles
  2. pp. 175-194
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  1. 11. Spirituality, Care, and Commitment
  2. pp. 195-210
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  1. Part 5. All of Us: Friendships, Relationships, and Community
  1. 12. Gift and Call: Recovering the Spiritual Dimensions of Friendship
  2. pp. 213-230
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  1. 13. Relationships Are Not Easy: Challenging Behaviors, Positive Behavior Supports, and Spirituality
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. 14. Spirituality, Diversity, and Community: Moving toward Belonging
  2. pp. 247-266
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  1. Conclusion: Restoring Wholeness--It Is about All of Us
  2. pp. 267-286
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 287-314
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 315-332
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-338
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  1. Other Works in the Series
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781481308007
Print ISBN
9781481302791
MARC Record
OCLC
1005782668
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
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