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No Pity - Joseph P. Shapiro

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Published: 25th October 1994
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Jerry's Kids. The Special Olympics. A blind person with a bundle of pencils in one hand and a tin cup in the other. An old woman being helped across the street by a Boy Scout. The poster child, struggling bravely to walk. The meager, embittered life of the "wheelchair-bound." For most Americans, these are the familiar, comfortable images of the disabled: benign, helpless, even heroic, struggling against all odds and grateful for the kindness of strangers. Yet no set of images could be more repellent to people with disabilities. In No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement, Joe Shapiro of U.S. News & World Report tells of a political awakening few nondisabled Americans have even imagined. There are over 43 million disabled people in this country alone; for decades most of them have been thought incapable of working, caring for themselves, or contributing to society. But during the last twenty-live years, they, along with their parents and families, have begun to recognize that paraplegia, retardation, deafness, blindness, AIDS, autism, or any of the hundreds of other chronic illnesses and disabilities that differentiate them from the able-bodied are not tragic. The real tragedy is prejudice, our society's and the medical establishment's refusal to recognize that the disabled person is entitled to every right and privilege America can offer. No Pity's chronicle of disabled people's struggle for inclusion, from the seventeenth-century deaf communities on Martha's Vineyard to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, is only part of the story. Joe Shapiro's five years of in-depth reporting have uncovered many personal stories as well. You willread of Larry McAfee; most Americans, assuming that a quadriplegic's life was not worth living, supported his decision to commit suicide rather than cope with a system that denied him the right to work or make his own decisions. Here, too, is the story of Nancy Cleaveland, a fif

Acknowledgments
Introduction: You Just Don't Understandp. 3
Tiny Tims, Superscripts, and the End of Pityp. 12
From Charity to Independent Livingp. 41
The Deaf Celebration of Separate Culturep. 74
A Hidden Army for Civil Rightsp. 105
Integration: Out of Shadowlandp. 142
People Firstp. 184
The Screaming Neon Wheelchairp. 211
Up from the Nursing Homep. 237
No Less Worthy a Lifep. 258
Crossing the Luck Linep. 289
Epilogue: How the Disability Rights Movement Is Changing Americap. 322
Postscript: A Single Garment of Destinyp. 333
Notesp. 341
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9780812924121
ISBN-10: 0812924126
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 25th October 1994
Publisher: Times Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1