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“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 What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement, Fred Pelka 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 ’50s, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. ii-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication Page
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. List of Acronyms
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. Chapter 1. Childhood
  2. pp. 30-47
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  1. Chapter 2. Institutions, Part 1
  2. pp. 48-60
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  1. Chapter 3. Discrimination, Part 1
  2. pp. 61-76
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  1. Chapter 4. Institutions, Part 2
  2. pp. 77-93
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  1. Chapter 5. The University of Illinois
  2. pp. 94-112
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  1. Chapter 6. Discrimination, Part 2, and Early Advocacy
  2. pp. 113-130
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  1. Chapter 7. The Parents‘ Movement
  2. pp. 131-150
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  1. Chapter 8. Activists and Organizers, Part 1
  2. pp. 151-173
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  1. Chapter 9. Institutions, Part 3
  2. pp. 174-182
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  1. Chapter 10. Activists and Organizers, Part 2
  2. pp. 183-196
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  1. Chapter 11. Independent Living
  2. pp. 197-226
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  1. Chapter 12. The Disability Press
  2. pp. 227-245
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  1. Chapter 13. The American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
  2. pp. 246-260
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  1. Chapter 14. The Hew Demonstrations
  2. pp. 261-282
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  1. Chapter 15. Psychiatric Survivors
  2. pp. 283-302
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  1. Chapter 16. Working the System
  2. pp. 303-312
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  1. Chapter 17. Institutions, Part 4
  2. pp. 312-323
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  1. Chapter 18. Self-Advocates
  2. pp. 324-338
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  1. Chapter 19. DREDF and the 504 Trainings
  2. pp. 339-354
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  1. Chapter 20. Activists and Organizers, Part 3
  2. pp. 355-375
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  1. Chapter 21. Adapt
  2. pp. 376-396
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  1. Chapter 22. Deaf President Now!
  2. pp. 397-412
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  1. Chapter 23. The Americans with Disabilities Act—“the Machinery of Change”
  2. pp. 413-428
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  1. Chapter 24. Drafting the Bill, Part 1
  2. pp. 429-443
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  1. Chapter 25. Insiders, Part 1
  2. pp. 444-459
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  1. Chapter 26. Drafting the Bill, Part 2
  2. pp. 460-469
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  1. Chapter 27. Lobbying and Gathering Support
  2. pp. 470-480
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  1. Chapter 28. Mobilizing the Community
  2. pp. 481-488
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  1. Chapter 29. Experts
  2. pp. 489-502
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  1. Chapter 30. Insiders, Part 2
  2. pp. 503-513
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  1. Chapter 31. Wheels of Justice and the Chapman Amendment
  2. pp. 514-526
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  1. Chapter 32. Lobbyists
  2. pp. 527-534
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  1. Chapter 33. Senators
  2. pp. 535-541
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  1. Chapter 34. Victory
  2. pp. 542-547
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  1. Chapter 35. Aftermath
  2. pp. 548-556
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 557-598
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  1. Interview Sources
  2. pp. 599-602
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 603-622
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  1. Back Cover
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  1. Illustrations
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613761908
Related ISBN
9781558499188
MARC Record
OCLC
806323339
Pages
592
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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