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Author Pelka, Fred, 1954- author.

Title What we have done : an oral history of the disability rights movement / Fred Pelka.

Publication Info. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2012]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  346.73013 P384W    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 622 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Nothing about us without us" has been a core principle of American disability rights activists for more than half a century. It represents a response by people with disabilities to being treated with scorn and abuse or as objects of pity, and to having the most fundamental decisions relating to their lives, where they would live; if and how they would be educated; if they would be allowed to marry or have families; indeed, if they would be permitted to live at all, made by those who were, in the parlance of the movement, "temporarily able-bodied." In this book the author takes that slogan at face value. He presents the voices of disability rights activists who, in the period from 1950 to 1990, transformed how society views people with disabilities, and recounts how the various streams of the movement came together to push through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Beginning with the stories of those who grew up with disabilities in the 1940s and 1950s, the book traces how disability came to be seen as a political issue, and how people with disabilities, often isolated, institutionalized, and marginalized, forged a movement analogous to the civil rights; women's rights, and gay rights movements, and fought for full and equal participation in American society. -- From publisher's website.
Contents Childhood -- Institutions, part 1 -- Discrimination, part 1 -- Institutions, part 2 -- The University of Illinois -- Discrimination, part 2, and early advocacy -- The parents' movement -- Activists and organizers, part 1 -- Institutions, part 3 -- Activists and organizers, part 2 -- Independent living -- The disability press -- The American coalition of citizens with disabilities -- The HEW demonstrations -- Psychiatric survivors -- Working the system -- Institutions, part 4 -- Self-advocates -- DREDF and the 504 trainings -- Activists and organizers, part 3 -- ADAPT -- Deaf president now! -- The Americans with Disabilities Act: "the machinery of change" -- Drafting the bill, part 1 -- Insiders, part 1 -- Drafting the bill, part 2 -- Lobbying and gathering support -- Mobilizing the community -- Experts -- Insiders, part 2 -- Wheels of justice and the Chapman Amendment -- Lobbyists -- Senators -- Victory -- Aftermath.
Subject People with disabilities -- Civil rights -- United States -- History.
People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History.
United States. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Disabled Persons -- history.
Institutionalization -- history.
Civil Rights -- history.
Social Control, Formal.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (United States) (OCoLC)fst01376298
People with disabilities -- Civil rights. (OCoLC)fst01057253
People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc. (OCoLC)fst01057298
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781558499188 (library cloth)
1558499180 (library cloth)
9781558499195 (pbk.)
1558499199 (pbk.)
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