People with disabilities forging the newest and last human rights movement of the century.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyShapiro, 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)
Library JournalWith 35 million disabled Americans, the American with Disabilities Act and its implications are here to stay. Shapiro, a U.S. News & World Report journalist, explores in depth the thoughts, fears, and facts behind the disability rights movement. The premise throughout this compelling historical account is that there is no pity or tragedy in disability--it is society's myths, fears, and stereotypes that make being disabled difficult. Shapiro's coverage is thorough, ranging from the movement's beginnings in Berkeley in the 1960s to the issues that will emerge in the future. Those interested in gaining a basic understand of the disability rights movement, will find this title is well organized, thoroughly researched, and thought-provoking. For all collections.-- Emily H. Ferren, Carroll Cty. P.L., Westminster, Md.
Mary CarrollShapiro, 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.
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