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No Pity : People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement

No Pity : People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812924121

Cover of No Pity : People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement 94 (ISBN 978-0812924121)
ISBN13: 978-0812924121
ISBN10: 0812924126
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Published: 1994
International: No

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No Pity : People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812924121

Joseph P. Shapiro

ISBN13: 978-0812924121
ISBN10: 0812924126
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Three Rivers Press

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

Jerry's Kids. The Special Olympics. A blind person with a bundle of pencils in one hand and a tin cup in the other. An old woman being helped across the street by a Boy Scout. The poster child, struggling bravely to walk. The meager, embittered life of the "wheelchair-bound." For most Americans, these are the familiar, comfortable images of the disabled: benign, helpless, even heroic, struggling against all odds and grateful for the kindness of strangers. Yet no set of images could be more repellent to people with disabilities. In No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement, Joe Shapiro of U.S. News & World Report tells of a political awakening few nondisabled Americans have even imagined. There are over 43 million disabled people in this country alone; for decades most of them have been thought incapable of working, caring for themselves, or contributing to society. But during the last twenty-five years, they, along with their parents and families, have begun to recognize that paraplegia, retardation, deafness, blindness, AIDS, autism, or any of the hundreds of other chronic illnesses and disabilities that differentiate them from the able-bodied are not tragic. The real tragedy is prejudice, our society's and the medical establishment's refusal to recognize that the disabled person is entitled to every right and privilege America can offer. No Pity's chronicle of disabled people's struggle for inclusion, from the seventeenth-century deaf communities on Martha's Vineyard to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, is only part of the story. Joe Shapiro's five years of in-depth reporting have uncovered many personal stories as well.