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

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Ruth O'Brien Professor of Government John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Oxford University Press, USA, Dec 18, 2003 - Social Science - 312 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
3
What is a Disability
27
Eye of the Beholder
29
Defining Moments Disability Individuality and Normalcy
40
Working Title I
53
Disclosures
55
A Chair Unseen
70
Life without Mozart
81
Probing Accommodations Testing Testing and Resting the Disabled
167
Sovereignty
176
Cheaters and Copycats
193
Territorial Disputes Federalism the Fourteenth Amendment and Persons with Disabilities
200
Public Accommodations of Privately Owned Businesses Title III
213
Whack
215
Private Places and Public Spaces
224
Afterword
233

Revealing Workplaces
96
Local and State Governmental Services Title II
119
Beloved Enemy A Cripple i the Crippled City
121
Public Transit
137
Taxis Trains and Sidewalks Navigating the ADAs Mass Transit Provisions
154
The Perils of Getting a Drivers License
162
Abridged Americans with Disabilities Act
237
Notes
249
Bibliographical Essay
277
Index
283
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