No pity : people with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement

by Shapiro, Joseph P.

Format: Print Book ©1993.
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People with disabilities forging the newest and last human rights movement of the century.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Shapiro, who covers social policy issues for U.S. News & World Report, here expands his five years' reportage on the disability rights movement into this accessible popular history of a movement--and a minority--few Americans understand. Shapiro correctly emphasizes two key aspects of the disability rights movement. First, there's its diversity, encompassing people with many disabilities, varying agendas, and a wide range of tactics, from fund-raising for medical research and mutual support services to electioneering and lobbying to in-your-face direct action. And second, there's its aggressive attack on "society's myths, fears, and stereotypes"--the poster child and "supercrip" images and business-as-usual attitudes that limit people with disabilities, the movement argues, far more radically than their physical or mental conditions. No Pity covers the independent living movement; the Gallaudet University protest; ADAPT's direct action campaigns; "mainstreaming"; autism and mental retardation; the promise and threat of technological developments; tough moral and ethical questions such as abortion, health care rationing, suicide, and euthanasia; and the political history of key federal legislation, notably 1991's Americans with Disabilities Act. More comprehensive histories of the disability rights movement will no doubt be written, but for now No Pity belongs in most social science collections. ~--Mary Carroll"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Shapiro, social policies writer for U.S. News & World Report , centers his empathetic review of our society's relations to its disabled population on the 1992 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He documents the political progress of the issue with stories about several of the nation's estimated 35 million disabled people. Included are polio-afflicted activists, Special Olympics competitors, armed services veterans and elderly people who owe their survival to medical and technological advances. While the author cites encouraging signs of progress made in the advance of their rights, he notes that disabled people still struggle to be accepted on equal, independent terms without being patronized, segregated or victimized in an antiquated social services system and a prejudiced society. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects People with disabilities -- Civil rights -- United States.
Discrimination against people with disabilities -- United States -- History.
People with disabilities -- Government policy -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York :Times Books,©1993.
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description ix, 372 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-360) and index.
ISBN 9780812924121
0812919645 :
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