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Accessible PracticesDisability Rights Movement
By its acceptance of differences, the campaign for disability rights has forged a powerful coalition of millions of people with disabilities, their families, and those that work with them.
—Joseph P. Shapiro, No Pity, 1994.

This list of links and publications offers a brief introduction to the Disability Rights Movement.

Beyond AfflictionBeyond Affliction: The Disability History Project
This web site is an extension of a National Public Radio program on disability history. The site integrates primary resources into narratives about disability and how it has been perceived in America for more than 100 years.

Diability Rights Movement online exhibitionThe Disability Rights Movement
This online exhibition produced by the National Museum of American History provides an overview of the disability rights movement. The Disability Rights Movement exhibition opened in July 2000, amid celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The content on these web pages mirrors that of the physical exhibition and is designed to be fully accessible to people with various disabilities.

Disability Social History ProjectDisability Social History Project
This site has information on the history of disabilities and how they have been perceived by society. The site includes a timeline with narratives for particular events, biographies of famous people with disabilities, bibliographies, photos of historic documents relating to disabilities, and news. The site's page of links refers readers to resources on disability history; media, arts, and culture; and women and minorities with disabilities.

League of Physically Handicapped"The League of the Physically Handicapped and the Great Depression: A Case Study in the New Disability History." Paul K. Longmore and David Goldberger. The Journal of American History. Vol. 87, no. 3, December 2000.

Additional readings:

ABC-CLIO Companion to the Disability Rights Movement. Fred Pelka. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 1997.

From Good Will to Civil Rights: Transforming Federal Disability Policy. Richard K. Scotch. Philadelphia, P.A.: Temple University Press, 1984.

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. Joseph P. Shapiro. New York, N.Y.: Times Books, 1994.
A chronicle of the ways that both society and self-perceptions have changed for America's largest minority – the 54 million people with disabilities. Shapiro looks at the concerns of people who are deaf, blind, autistic, or mentally retarded. He examines the impact of technology on aid for the disabled, the need for nursing home reform, and the potential for backlash as the public becomes aware of the costs of implementing disability laws. Shapiro interviewed hundreds of people for this report, and his conversations with them bring life to his pages, reducing the distance between the disabled and others.

Rehabilitating America: Toward Independence for Disabled and Elderly People. Frank Bowe. New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1980.

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