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Make Them Go Away : Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and the Case Against Disability Rights - Mary Johnson

Make Them Go Away

Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and the Case Against Disability Rights

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Published: 1st January 2003
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From Booklist Imagine an African American's voting rights withheld until he or she proved 100 percent African American descent, or a woman having to sue her employer to get a women's restroom in the workplace. Outrageous as those scenarios seem, their like is commonplace in the lives of the disabled, Johnson says, because of widespread misinterpretation and misapplication of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She points out numerous flaws in the law, beginning with its title (she prefers that of the British analog, the Disability Discrimination Act) and including the fact that it is enforceable only via lawsuit, putting rights seekers in an adversarial position, and that it contains an escape clause permitting noncompliance if accessibility causes a business "undue hardship." The disabled person's difficulties aren't, however, confined to the law, and the roots of conflict over disability rights reach deep into personal prejudices and national values. Bit-by-bit Johnson deconstructs arguments against disability rights from the likes of Clint Eastwood as well as more ordinary folk, and she constructs powerful reasons why we all benefit from inclusion. Donna Chavez Copyright (c) American Library Association. All rights reserved

ISBN: 9780972118903
ISBN-10: 097211890X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 2003
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.37