Disability: The Social, Political, and Ethical Debate

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Robert M. Baird, Stuart E. Rosenbaum, S. Kay Toombs
Prometheus Books - Social Science
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What is it like to experience disability? What are the prevailing cultural attitudes toward those who experience disability? How do social norms and public policies affect those experiencing disability? This book provides a vivid and concrete introduction to the wealth of social, political and ethical debates that surround the experience of disability.Beginning with an exploration of the perspective of persons with disabilities, the essays demonstrate the extent to which the disability experience is affected by social and cultural values, attitudes, and policies. In addition to these first-person reflections, there are essays relating to such issues as:?The disability rights movement?Disability studies?Social policy relating to disability?Physician-assisted suicide, genetic testing, selective abortion, the moral status of handicapped newborns, and living and dying with dignityWritten in an engaging style with a focus on the concrete, this collection of essays includes contributions by John Hockenberry, Oiver Sacks, Peter Singer, and others. It is a marvelous resource for enabling the reader to comprehend the experience of disability and to explore contemporary issues involving the disability community.Robert M. Baird (Waco, TX) is a professor and the former chair of the philosophy department at Baylor University. He is editor with Stuart E. Rosenbaum of Prometheus's Contemporary Issues series.Stuart E. Rosenbaum (Waco, TX) is a professor of philosophy at Baylor University. He is editor with Robert M. Baird of Prometheus's Contemporary Issues series, and is the editor of Pragmatism and Religion.S. Kay Toombs (Waco, TX) is an emeritus associate professor of philosophy at Baylor University, the editor of The Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine, and the author of The Meaning of Illness: A Phenomenological Account of the Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
EXPERIENCING DISABILITY
18
Walking the Edge
41
Young and Disabled
57
An Experience of Blindness
71
Expecting Adam
83
Jamie
95
More Than an Inspiration
117
Models of Disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act
171
Who Lost the ADA?
195
Citizenship and Disability
205
DISABILITY AND PHYSICIANASSISTED SUICIDE
217
Freeing Choices
271
Unspeakable Conversations
291
Shopping at the Genetic Supermarket
309
The Uncertain Rationale for Prenatal Disability Screening
333

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131
A Brief History
137
A Journey into the World of the Deaf
151
A Psychological View of Disability Culture
163
Living and Dying with Dignity
339
A Prolegomenon
355
Contributors
377
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Robert M. Baird (Waco, TX) is a professor and the former chair of the philosophy department at Baylor University. He is editor with Stuart E. Rosenbaum of Prometheus's Contemporary Issues series.

Stuart E. Rosenbaum (Waco, TX) is a professor of philosophy at Baylor University. He is editor with Robert M. Baird of Prometheus's Contemporary Issues series, and is the editor of Pragmatism and Religion.

S. Kay Toombs (Waco, TX) is an emeritus associate professor of philosophy at Baylor University, the editor of The Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine, and the author of The Meaning of Illness: A Phenomenological Account of the Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient.

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