An examination of evolving policy and practice in the rehabilitation field in Manitoba, in relation to stance and ends-in-view, and an exploration of possible futures

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Horne, Katherine Rose Adina.
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If we look at the historical evolution of policy and practice in the rehabilitation field we note that these have been directed toward independence and employment. This end-in-view has never been reachable because of economic and social reality. Full employment has not been achieved. Social reality for all people requires inter-dependence rather than independence. This thesis explores a number of underlying assumptions (stances) which have contributed to the present dilemmas in the rehabilitation field in Manitoba. In particular we note the influence of the Marsh Report (Canada, 1943) which focused on full employment as a solution for Canadian social reconstruction. This is contrasted with the Beveridge Report (Great Britain, 1942) which identified social responsibility as the primary end-in-view for all citizens. The implications of these and other policy statements (such as those produced by the consumer movement) are explored.