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Where are persons with disabilities? A reflexive thematic analysis of Federal Government climate change documents

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dc.contributor.author MacDonald, Sarah Ellen
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-15T20:32:35Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-15T20:32:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-09-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/13394
dc.description.abstract While persons with disabilities are not a homogenous group, most are likely to be disproportionately impacted by climate change and the “natural” disasters that result from these changes. As a social worker living with chronic health conditions and a particular interest in disability and public policy, I was curious about how Canada’s Federal Government climate change policies and initiatives address persons with disabilities and their diverse needs. My research explored how matters of health and disability have been taken up in recent Canadian Federal Government climate change policies and strategies through an analysis of six significant climate change documents. Framed by a feminist, poststructural-inspired critical disability lens, the documents were examined through an inductive approach to reflexive thematic analysis, with the aim of contributing to critical conversations around the intersections of disability justice, climate justice, and related social justice matters. Through reflexive thematic analysis, I identified three key themes: persons with disabilities are widely absent from Canadian Federal Government climate change documents, both as collaborators as well as groups considered in climate change planning; adaptation to climate change and climate resilience are central in government climate mitigation strategies; and healthy and normative body-minds are presumed by the documents, which broadly assume all people have the same capacities to adapt. Subthemes included both a prioritization of the economy, and a foregrounding of a productive, compulsory, able-bodied and able-minded citizen around which climate change strategies are designed. I conclude with some suggestions for how Canada’s climate change policies may become more inclusive for persons with disabilities. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject climate justice en_US
dc.subject climate resilience en_US
dc.subject climate adaptation en_US
dc.subject ableism en_US
dc.subject climate change and persons with disabilities en_US
dc.subject climate crisis en_US
dc.subject persons with disabilities en_US
dc.subject social justice en_US
dc.subject canada en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject climate policies en_US
dc.subject vulnerable populations en_US
dc.title Where are persons with disabilities? A reflexive thematic analysis of Federal Government climate change documents en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Jeffery, Donna
dc.degree.department School of Social Work en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work M.S.W. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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