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Legislation, Disability

  • By: Trudy Mercadal
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

In the last decades, the disability rights movement has made the injustices suffered by people with disabilities visible to policymakers and the general public in countries around the world. This entailed overcoming centuries of cultural mores in which people with disabilities were made invisible by various forms of segregation and neglect. In the United States, which is the focus of this entry, the disability rights movement adopted many of the perspectives of previous civil rights movements. It was born in communities throughout the country, as people with disabilities began to challenge social and material barriers that marginalized them from their communities. It was also integrated by parents of children with disabilities who joined the fight against the exclusion of their children. In time, Congress and ...

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