What We Have Done

What We Have Done

An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement

Book - 2012
Rate this:
"Nothing about us without us" has been a core principle of American disability rights activists for more than half a century. It represents a response by people with disabilities to being treated with scorn and abuse or as objects of pity, and to having the most fundamental decisions relating to their lives, where they would live; if and how they would be educated; if they would be allowed to marry or have families; indeed, if they would be permitted to live at all, made by those who were, in the parlance of the movement, "temporarily able-bodied." In this book the author takes that slogan at face value. He presents the voices of disability rights activists who, in the period from 1950 to 1990, transformed how society views people with disabilities, and recounts how the various streams of the movement came together to push through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Beginning with the stories of those who grew up with disabilities in the 1940s and 1950s, the book traces how disability came to be seen as a political issue, and how people with disabilities, often isolated, institutionalized, and marginalized, forged a movement analogous to the civil rights; women's rights, and gay rights movements, and fought for full and equal participation in American society. -- From publisher's website.
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2012]
ISBN: 9781558499195
1558499199
9781558499188
1558499180
Characteristics: xvi, 622 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at HCL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top