Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Dysfunctionphobia Key To Parents' Plight

Dysfunctionphobia Key To Parents' Plight

Media Release
28 February 2007

Dysfunctionphobia is the reason parents feel they are being put through the mill to retain support for their disabled children (The Press, 27/2/07), said consultant Philip Patston today.

“Dysfunctionphobia is similar to homophobia and xenophobia – it refers to the fear or hatred of being unable to function independently," said the gay, disabled comedian, who is also the managing director of consulting business the Diversityworks Group. "There exists in all individuals a subconscious fear of losing function and becoming disabled. It is this fear that causes bureaucracy to create inappropriate and unhelpful policies and practices."

"Currently, the way we categorise people as having impairment relies on a comparative framework of norms and expected levels of physical, intellectual, emotional and social ability," Patston said. "By some random criteria of comparison we define people as impaired or unimpaired, depending on their likeness to a socially determined notion of what it is to be normal."

Patston is calling for a more dynamic paradigm of functional change. "Notions of impairment need to be complemented by a more complex understanding of functional diversity, and the value placed on the ability to function independently. By being realistic and informed about the variety in people’s capacity to function, we can make far more useful decisions when developing policy and practice to support disabled children."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Discussion Doc: National's Primary Sector Plans

Today National has released our third discussion document, this one on the primary sector. It showcases our positive and innovative approach to what is the backbone of our economy, Leader of the National Party Simon Bridges says. More>>


Govt Adopts Working Group Plan: Unions Welcome Film Industry Collective Bargaining

The announcement today by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway, to support collective bargaining for those working in the film and screen industry, is welcomed. More>>


Greenpeace: New Oil Rig Arrives

A drill rig commissioned by oil giant OMV has arrived in New Zealand, a little over a year after the Government issued a ban on new oil and gas exploration permits... More>>


Proactive Non-Release: Housing Minister Says Unpublished Meeting 'Not A Secret'

Housing Minister Phil Twyford says an error from his office meant a meeting with another minister and the Auckland mayor was not included in his publicly released diaries. More>>


'Signalling Urgency': Auckland Council Declares Climate Emergency

“By unanimously voting to declare a climate emergency we are signalling the council’s intention to put climate change at the front and centre of our decision making,” says Mayor Phil Goff. More>>


Potential Disasters: Insurance Taskforce To Deal With Skyrocketing Premiums

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the group would look at how the insurance market was functioning amid massive premium increases, which have also led to claims the market is broken. More>>





InfoPages News Channels