Understanding Disability: Inclusion, Access, Diversity, and Civil Rights

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - History - 165 pages

Disability is rarely considered a social issue. Scholars tend to discuss it in the abstract; medical personnel view it as a health issue; and legal concerns for the disabled focus on how to advocate or protect organizations against demands for accommodation. As a result, disabled individuals are seen as bits and pieces of everyone's constituency but their own. The writers of this work, both having long personal experiences with disabilities, offer a holistic understanding of the lives of disabled individuals from representations in the media to issues of civil rights.

Written to educate and inform readers about the social roles of disability, this accessible and informative work addresses: social classifications of disability; social reactions to disability; legal rights and classifications of persons with disabilities; issues of accessibility to information and communication technologies; representations of disability in a range of media, including literature, painting, film, televsion and advertising; and major issues shaping the comtemporary social roles of persons with disabilities. By examining the social roles of disability in the past and present from a range of perspectives and disciplines, this book reveals a portrait of the social place, limitations, and rights of persons with disabilities.

 

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Contents

The Roles of Disability in Society
3
Social Classifications of and Reactions to Disability
9
Disability Discrimination and the Evolution of Civil Rights in Democratic Societies
25
Trying to Come to America A Historical Illustration of the Classifications of Disability in US Immigration Law and Policy
49
Physical Access Intellectual Access and Access in Society
63
Access and Classifications of Disability in Legal Discourse
75
Accessibility and Technology in Application Unequal Access Online
85
The Social Significance of the Representation of Disability
95
Representations of Disability across Media
103
Nothing About Us without Us
111
Future Social Issues for Persons with Disabilities
121
Disability Culture in a Nondisabled Society
131
References
139
Index
161
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Paul T. Jaeger is Manager for Research Development Information Use Management and Policy Institute, Florida State University. His publications have addressed issues of disability law and accessibility, information access, education, electronic government, and information policy and law. He is co-author of A Guide to High School Success for Students with Disabilities, Greenwood, 2005 and Disability Matters: Legal and Pedagogical Issues of Disability in Education Bergin & Garvey/Praeger, 2002.

Cynthia Ann Bowman is Associate Professor Literacy Education, Ashland University, OH. She is President-Elect of the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts and the author of numerous publications on teaching and technology. She is co-author of A Guide to High School Success for Students with Disabilities, Greenwood, 2005 and Disability Matters: Legal and Pedagogical Issues of Disability in Education Bergin & Garvey/Praeger, 2002. She is also the editor of Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Health Issues, Greenwood, 2000.

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