This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores issues involving disability through the life courses, and is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which examines topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The concise, engaging presentational style emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.
Chapter 5: Annotated Data, Statistics, Tables, and Graphs
Annotated Data, Statistics, Tables, and Graphs
This chapter presents a wide range of data on the experiences and outlooks of Americans with disabilities at various stages of the life course. The data that follow are arranged in six major sections: (1) Birthrights, (2) Childhood, (3) Youth, (4) Adulthood, (5) Aging, and (6) Death and Dying.
The legacy of eugenic sterilization of people with disabilities casts a shadow over the history of birth decisions for and of people with disabilities in the United States. There is little quantitative data available from [Page 176]major statistical clearinghouses regarding the number of eugenic sterilizations and coerced birth decisions of people with disabilities. The lasting effect of the eugenics movement is reflected, however, in current ...