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Disabled Rights: American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality
     

Disabled Rights: American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality

by Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer
 

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"Freedom and Justice for all" is a phrase that can have a hollow ring for many members of the disability community in the United States. Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer gives us a comprehensive introduction to and overview of U.S. disability policy in all facets of society, including education, the workplace, and social integration. Disabled Rights provides an

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"Freedom and Justice for all" is a phrase that can have a hollow ring for many members of the disability community in the United States. Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer gives us a comprehensive introduction to and overview of U.S. disability policy in all facets of society, including education, the workplace, and social integration. Disabled Rights provides an interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of the disability rights movement and assesses the creation and implementation, successes and failures of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by federal, state and local governments.

Disabled Rights explains how people with disabilities have been treated from a social, legal, and political perspective in the United States. With an objective and straightforward approach, Switzer identifies the programs and laws that have been enacted in the past fifty years and how they have affected the lives of people with disabilities. She raises questions about Congressional intent in passing the ADA, the evolution and fragmentation of the disability rights movement, and the current status of disabled people in the U.S.

Illustrating the shift of disability issues from a medical focus to civil rights, the author clearly defines the contemporary role of persons with disabilities in American culture, and comprehensively outlines the public and private programs designed to integrate disabled persons into society. She covers the law's provisions as they apply to private organizations and businesses and concludes with the most up-to-date coverage of recent Supreme Court decisions-especially since the 2000-2002 terms-that have profoundly influenced the implementation of the ADA and other disability policies.

For activists as well as scholars, students, and practitioners in public policy and public administration, Switzer has written a compassionate, yet powerful book that demands attention from everyone interested in the battle for disability rights and equality in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589013100
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Links to Selected Disability Periodicals and Media

The following links are from Appendix B of Disabled Rights
Abilities
ABILITY Magazine
AccessWorld
American Council of the Blind Radio
AnAurora Magazine for Women
Braille Forum
Braille Monitor
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Electronic Newsletter
Closing the Gap
Council for Exceptional Children Online
Dialogue Magazine
Disability Resources Monthly
Disability Studies Online Magazine
Disability Studies Quarterly
Disability Times
Disability World
Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association Action
Enabled Online
iCAN Online
Inclusion Daily Express
Justice for All E-Network
Little People of America Online
Mainstream Magazine Online
Mouth
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill E-News
National Organization on Disability E-Newsletter
New Mobility Magazine
On A Roll Radio
Ragged Edge Magazine
Reach Out Magazine
Volta Review/Volta Voices
WE Magazine

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer is an associate professor of political science at Northern Arizona University.

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