Self-Help Organizations of People With Disabilities in Asia

Self-Help Organizations of People With Disabilities in Asia
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865693203
  • ISBN: 086569320X
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated


Kwok, Joseph K. F., Chan, Raymond K. H., Chan, W. T.


This is a comparative analysis of the micro and macro characteristics of self-help organizations of people with disabilities (SHOPs) in seven selected countries and territories in Asia, namely China Mainland, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since the 1980s, SHOPs have prospered in this region and were given a major role in the United Nations' forum and the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981. The analysis shows the differences among the SHOPs in terms of the complexity of their structure, government's affirmative policy, legislation, and leadership qualities. These differences are due to the complex interplay among factors at local, national, and international levels. SHOPs in this region present a rather homogenous perception in their organization, leadership, social inclusion, and globalization, despite the marked differences in their societies. SHOPs tends to be domocratic and consensual in nature, and led by elected members with assistance from paid professional and clerical support. The self-help organizations are positively regarded in these countries.Kwok, Joseph K. F. is the author of 'Self-Help Organizations of People With Disabilities in Asia' with ISBN 9780865693203 and ISBN 086569320X.

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