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Disabled Rights : American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality

Disabled Rights : American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality - 03 edition

Disabled Rights : American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780878408986

ISBN10: 0878408983

Disabled Rights : American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality by Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer - ISBN 9780878408986
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Disabled Rights : American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality by Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer - ISBN 9780878408986

ISBN13: 9780878408986

ISBN10: 0878408983

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

"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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Ch. 1. Disabled Policymaking/Disabled Policy
Ch. 2. History of Segregation and Stereotypes
Ch. 3. Compensation and Rehabilitation
Ch. 4. Social and Political Activism
Ch. 5. The ADA and the Vision of Equality
Ch. 6. The ADA as Policy
Ch. 7. Life beyond the ADA: Policy Hot Buttons
Ch. 8. Status Report on Equality
Epilogue
App. A Suggestions for Further Research
App. B Selected Disability Periodicals and Media
App. C Annotated Guide to Nongovernmental Disability Organizations
App. D Chronology of Important Events in the History and Development of American Disability Policy