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The Architectural Barriers ACT

The first significant piece of legislation for persons with disabilities was the 1968 Architectural Barriers Act. Although this act is irrelevant to distributed learning, it marks a historic paradigm shift in society's relationship to this population. Previously, people with disabilities were either confined to poor houses with the indigent or were the object of a paternalistic humanitarianism. It is no coincidence that this transformation happened at the height of the 1960s civil rights movement. Other minorities were demanding their full rights to participate in society rather than being pacified with charity. Many veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts were not content to receive charity either. They had fought for America, and they demanded the right to be ...

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