The Disability Rights Movement

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Have you ever thought what it is meant by “normal” functioning of a body? How you ever considered yourself to be in a privileged group because you are an able-bodied person? How you paid attention to a stereotypical representation of disabled people in the media? How often have you seen disabled actors assigned to the roles of people with disability in movies? Have you ever treated people with disabilities negatively as inferior? All the factors mentioned above influence us both consciously and unconsciously in the way we define and shape the concept of disability, create an image of a “normal” functioning of the body, and relocate members of society in a hierarchy in terms of disability. Then it becomes very much clear that disability is not…show more content…
Here I am going to divide the causes into two main categories. Beginning with an individual level, people with disability are discriminated, stigmatized and stereotyped as a dependent, asexual, morally depraved and tragic pitiful by the non-disabled members of society (Wendell 2016 p.43). As with subordinate race and gender, disabled people are also regarded as inferior and “the other” in the society and are considered to be a burden for their families and friends in the personal attitudes of non-disabled people (Wendell 2016 p.43). This discriminatory and inferior attitude towards disabled people can also be termed of “ableism”. The attitudinal barriers in an individual level such as discrimination and stigmatization are among the factors disable rights activists were fighting against during the US disability rights…show more content…
The disability rights movement began in 1817 with the establishment of The American School of Deaf which was the first educational institution using a sign language for a disabled people. Growing in an importance since then, disability rights captured a special attention when the hundreds of people participated in World War I and World War II became physically or mentally disabled. Alongside the disability rights movement history, parents were also among the self-advocates who were fighting for equal treatment of their physically and mentally disabled children. The history of US disability rights movement also marked the establishments of early self-advocacy organizations based on different disabilities such as deafness, blindness, mental illness, and paralysis, including few and the emergence of the disability activists such as Judy

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