Human Rights of Persons W/Inte

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This volume brings together two important contemporary social movements: human rights and disability rights. It analyses the global struggle to realize equality, dignity, and comprehensive human and civil rights for persons with intellectual disabilities. In twenty original chapters, distinguished contributors from a range of disciplines address the latest international developments in the field. These include international human rights standards and other sources of legal protection, nondiscrimination laws and ...
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This volume brings together two important contemporary social movements: human rights and disability rights. It analyses the global struggle to realize equality, dignity, and comprehensive human and civil rights for persons with intellectual disabilities. In twenty original chapters, distinguished contributors from a range of disciplines address the latest international developments in the field. These include international human rights standards and other sources of legal protection, nondiscrimination laws and the economics of equality, preventative technology, remediation and habilitation, and lifestyle choices and autonomy.
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"The essays collected here offer important insights into the practical aspects of bringing about the liberation of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Most of the volume's nineteen essays attempt to place disability rights in the larger context of the international human rights movement.... the world of scholarship is better for having this globally ambitious book on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities."--The Hastings Center Report

"In summary, this collection is indeed a fitting tribute to Stanley Herr and is an important and needed addition to the literature of human rights. It is hoped that academics will incorporate at least some of the contributions into their reading lists"--The Law and Politics Book Review

"For generations, persons with intellectual disabilities have too often been the invisible minority: scorned, ignored , hidden from the world. This landmark volume demonstrates that a new era of respect, support, and opportunity has begun. These essays by acknowledged world leaders on human rights and intellectual disabilities emphasize the importance of effective action by all nations to protect these basic rights by implementing fair and sensible social policies."--Edward M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199264513
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Stanley Sholom Herr taught at the University of Maryland School of Law from 1983 until his death in September 2001. In addition to his work in public policy, he was a Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow of the National Insitiute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Schell Senior Research Fellow at the Yale Law School Schell Center for International Human Rights, and President of the American Association on Mental Retardation. Lawrence O. Gostin is Professor of Law at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law and the Public's Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. He has contributed to U.S. government advisory boards in several areas of public health. Harold Hongju Koh is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 1985. From 1998 to 2001, he served in the U.S. as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Guggenheim and Century Foundations.

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Table of Contents

Dedication, Doug Colbert, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Harold H. Koh
Foreword, Mary Robinson
Introduction, Harold H. Koh , Lawrence O. Gostin
I. Conceptualizing Intellectual Disabilities: History and Terminology
1. Meeting the Needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities: International Perspectives, Peter Mittler
2. Terminology and Power, Ruth Luckasson
3. Definitions and Classifications in Cross-cultural Perspectives, Alison Rentlen
4. Social Policy Toward Intellectual Disablilities in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, David L. Braddock and Susan L. Parish
II. The Human Rights Movement: International Norms and Standards
5. From Wrongs to Rights: International Human Rights and Legal Protection, Stanley S. Herr
6. Disability as a Subject of International Human Rights Law and Comparative Discrimination Law, Theresia Degener
7. Human Rights Standards and Legal Reforms, Robert Dinerstein
8. Liberty, Due Process, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Michael Smull
III. The Disability Rights Movement: Anti-discrimination Legislation
9. The Potential of Disability Nondiscrimination Laws, Stanley S. Herr
10. When Legislation Should Take Intellectual Disabilities into Account, Dan Shnit
11. Statutory Changes in Disability Policy: Types of Legislation, Policies, and Goals, Robert Silverstein
IV. Equality and Difference: Social Policy Perspectives
12. On Second Thoughts: Constructing knowledge, Law, Disability, and Inequality, Marcia H. Rioux
13. Prevention of Disability: Is There a Conflict between Public health Prevention and Respect for Persons with Disabilities, Adrienne Asch, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Diann M. Johnson
14. Studying the Emerging Workforce, Peter David Blanck and Helen A. Schartz
15. The Economics of Equality: An Exploration of Country Differences, John H. Noble, Jr.
16. Out-of-home Placement of Children with Intellectual Disabilities: the Need for a Family Support Policy, Arie Rimmerman and Richard Crossman
17. Self Determination, Autonomy, and Alternatives for Guardianship, Stanley S. Herr
V. Future Goals and Aspirations
18. Voices of Self-advocates, Mitchell Levitz
19. Recommendations for Developing Nations, Eric Rosenthal and Clarence J. Sundram
20. Recommendations for the United Nations and International NGOs, Ronald C. Slye
Conclusion, Harold H. Koh and Lawrence O. Gostin

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