By its acceptance of differences, the campaign for disability rights has forged a powerful coalition of millions of people with disabilities, their families, and those that work with them.
Joseph P. Shapiro, No Pity, 1994.
This list of links and publications offers a
brief introduction to the Disability Rights Movement.
Affliction: The Disability History Project
This web site is an extension of a National Public Radio program
on disability history. The site integrates primary resources into
narratives about disability and how it has been perceived in America
for more than 100 years.
Disability Rights Movement
This online exhibition produced by the National Museum of American
History provides an overview of the disability rights movement.
The Disability Rights Movement exhibition opened in July 2000,
amid celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the signing of the
Americans with Disabilities Act. The content on these web pages
mirrors that of the physical exhibition and is designed to be
fully accessible to people with various disabilities.
Social History Project
This site has information on the history of disabilities and how
they have been perceived by society. The site includes a timeline
with narratives for particular events, biographies of famous people
with disabilities, bibliographies, photos of historic documents
relating to disabilities, and news. The site's page of links refers
readers to resources on disability history; media, arts, and culture;
and women and minorities with disabilities.
League of the Physically Handicapped and the Great Depression:
A Case Study in the New Disability History." Paul K. Longmore
and David Goldberger. The Journal of American History.
Vol. 87, no. 3, December 2000.
ABC-CLIO Companion to the Disability Rights
Movement. Fred Pelka. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO,
From Good Will to Civil Rights: Transforming
Federal Disability Policy. Richard K. Scotch. Philadelphia,
P.A.: Temple University Press, 1984.
No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging
a New Civil Rights Movement. Joseph P. Shapiro. New York,
N.Y.: Times Books, 1994.
A chronicle of the ways that both society and self-perceptions
have changed for America's largest minority the 54 million
people with disabilities. Shapiro looks at the concerns of people
who are deaf, blind, autistic, or mentally retarded. He examines
the impact of technology on aid for the disabled, the need for
nursing home reform, and the potential for backlash as the public
becomes aware of the costs of implementing disability laws. Shapiro
interviewed hundreds of people for this report, and his conversations
with them bring life to his pages, reducing the distance between
the disabled and others.
Rehabilitating America: Toward Independence
for Disabled and Elderly People. Frank Bowe. New York,
N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1980.
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