Voices from the Edge: Narratives About the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Fear, rage, courage, discrimination. These are facts of everyday life for many Americans with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made working, traveling, and communicating easier for many individuals. But what recourse do individuals have when enforcement of the law is ambiguous or virtually nonexistent? And how will its changing definition affect individuals' lives-as well as their legal actions-in the future? What is life like in post-ADA America?

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Fear, rage, courage, discrimination. These are facts of everyday life for many Americans with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made working, traveling, and communicating easier for many individuals. But what recourse do individuals have when enforcement of the law is ambiguous or virtually nonexistent? And how will its changing definition affect individuals' lives-as well as their legal actions-in the future? What is life like in post-ADA America?

Voices from the Edge seeks to challenge the mindset of those who would deny equal protection to the disabled, while providing informative analysis of the intent and application of the ADA for those who wish to learn more about disability rights. Giving voice to the many types of discrimination the disabled face - at a small Southern College, in the Library of Congress, on a New York City sidewalk - while illustrating the personal stakes underlying legal disputes over the ADA, this collection offers unparalleled insight into the lives behind the law.

Contributors:

Joan Aleshire on disability and the eye of the beholder.
Achim Nowak on disclosing HIV.
C.G.K. Atkins on being an academic liability.
Stephen Kuusisto on hope without the tenure lifeboat.
Leonard Kriegel on wheelchairs vs. NYC sidewalks.
John Hockenberry on trying one's luck at public transit.
Joan Tollifson on a license to drive disabled.
Shawn Casey O'Brien on the blue beacon of accessibility.
Jean Stewart on sign language in the ER.
Ruth O'Brien on everything you wanted to know about the ADA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195156867
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 312
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Ruth O'Brien is Professor of Government at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Political Science M.A./PH.D Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is author of Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Contributors
1 Introduction 3
Pt. I What Is a Disability?
2 Eye of the Beholder 29
3 Defining Moments: (Dis)ability, Individuality, and Normalcy 40
Pt. II Working (Title I)
4 Disclosures 55
5 A Chair Unseen 70
6 Life without Mozart 81
7 Revealing Workplaces 96
Pt. III Local and State Governmental Services (Title II)
8 Beloved Enemy: A Cripple in the Crippled City 121
9 Public Transit 137
10 Taxis, Trains, and Sidewalks: Navigating the ADA's Mass Transit Provisions 154
11 The Perils of getting a Driver's License 162
12 Probing Accommodations: Testing, Testing, and Retesting the (Dis)abled 167
13 Sovereignty 176
14 Cheaters and Copycats 193
15 Territorial Disputes: Federalism, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Persons with Disabilities 200
Pt. IV Public Accommodations of Privately Owned Businesses (Title III)
16 Whack! 215
17 Private Places and Public Spaces 224
18 Afterword 233
App Abridged Americans with Disabilities Act 237
Notes 249
Bibliographic Essay 277
Index 283
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