Book review: Intellectual Disability and Being Human: A care ethics model

Lecturer in learning disabilities Mick Wolverson reviews Intellectual Disability and Being Human: A care ethics model.

Intellectual Disability and Being Human: A care ethics model

 A care ethics model

Chrissie Rogers


174pp | £95

ISBN: 9780415664585


Chrissie Rogers is a sociologist at Aston University and also has a daughter with an intellectual disability.

A strength of this book is how she skillfully combines lived experience, research and academic theory to present a care ethics model for intellectual disabilities. The author discusses how the care provided for people with intellectual disability is often done so in ‘care-less’ ways, and offers an alternative philosophy that is ‘care-full’.

Walk in other shoes

The narrative sections give the reader the opportunity to walk in the shoes of people with intellectual disability.

Examples such as the death of Connor Sparrowhawk at an NHS unit and of ‘mate crime’, where vulnerable people are targeted by so-called friends, leave an impression of the often harrowing outcomes of the ‘care-less’ ways that people with intellectual disability are sometimes treated.

The author’s care ethics philosophy is based on the ‘care-full’ provision of services where personal interaction underpins all caring interactions. While this book is not specifically aimed at learning disability nurses, it does serve as a timely reminder to always operate in ‘care-full’ ways.

Reviewed by Mick Wolverson, lecturer in learning disabilities at University of York.

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