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The disability rights movement in Australia: a note from the trenches

Author:
NEWELL Christopher
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 11(3), September 1996, pp.429-432.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Briefly looks at the disability rights movement in Australia.

Journal article

American dreams come true

Author:
DOURADO Phil
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 1.3.90, 1990, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

The disabled community in the United States has effected great changes in the laws on equal rights by convincing the legislators that disability is about civil rights and not charity.

Book

A right to equality: a London charter for people with disabilities

Author:
GREATER LONDON COUNCIL
Publisher:
Greater London Council
Publication year:
1984
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
London
Book

Disability in Britain: a manifesto of rights

Editors:
WALKER Alan, TOWNSEND Alan
Publisher:
M. Robertson
Publication year:
1981
Pagination:
231p.
Place of publication:
Oxford
Book

Moving forward: review of NHS wheelchair and seating services in Scotland

Author:
NHS SCOTLAND
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
214p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Independent review of NHS wheelchair and seating services in Scotland with recommendations for improvement to services. A Steering Group has undertaken an in-depth analysis of all the information gathered in this exercise culminating in 40 recommendations for improvements in the delivery of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland.

Book

The disability pendulum: the first decade of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Author:
COLKER Ruth
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
245p.
Place of publication:
New York

Signed into law in July 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became effective two years later, and court decisions about the law began to multiply in the middle of the decade. This book presents the first legislative history of the enactment of the ADA in Congress and analyzes the first decade of judicial decisions under the act. It assesses the success and failure of the first ten years of litigation under the ADA, focusing on its three major titles: employment, public entities, and public accommodations. The book argues that despite an initial atmosphere of bipartisan support with the expectation that the ADA would make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, judicial decisions have not been consistent with Congress intentions. The courts have operated like a pendulum, at times swinging to a pro-disabled plaintiff and then back again to a pro-defendant stance. The author, whose work on the ADA has been cited by the Supreme Court, offers practical suggestions on where to amend the act to make it more effective in defending disability rights, and also explains judicial hostility toward enforcing the act.

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Do you know your rights?

Author:
SCOPE
Publisher:
SCOPE
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
3p.
Place of publication:
London

People with physical disabilities have equal rights. It is important to know what they are and what be can done if people with physical disabilities rights are often not respected. A disabled person may face additional difficulties exercising  rights and it is crucial to know what to do when this happens.

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Your finances

Author:
SCOPE
Publisher:
SCOPE
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
3p.
Place of publication:
London

Money is an essential part of daily living. Having an impairment can impose extra costs and burdens. Practical advice is given.

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The status of disabled persons in the city of Zagreb

Authors:
SOSTAR Zvonimir, ANDELIC Marinka Bakula
Journal article citation:
Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku Journal of Social Policy, 13(1), 2006, pp.53-65.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb

The paper analyses the need for measures of the Zagreb strategy of uniform policy for disabled persons. The manner of introducing these measures and their realisation in the period from 2003 to 2006. The paper briefly provides basic definitions, a historical review of the attitude of society towards disabled persons, a survey of contemporary concepts, approaches and models of protection of this part of the population, as well as the basic characteristics of the disabled persons in the area of the city of Zagreb. The implementation of the Zagreb strategy measures is considered through the results of the rights of the disabled persons according to the international organisations' methodology, i.e. based on the standardised survey for the analysis of the index of respecting rights of the disabled person. [Article in Croatian].

Journal article

Media labelling versus the US disability community identity: a study of shifting cultural language

Authors:
HALLER Beth, DORRIES Bruce, RAHN Jessica
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 21(1), January 2006, pp.61-75.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This study examines disability terminology to explore how the news media frame cultural representations of the disability community. More specifically, the paper examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on journalist's language choices about disability topics. A content analysis of news stories using disability terms in The Washington Post and The New York Times during the past decade was conducted. The paper illustrates that disability community identity continues to be formed, transformed and maintained through news media presentations of disability terminology. The paper argues that the US Disability Rights Movement had some success during the 1990s in putting forth language that advances its aims, though the study also suggests that some journalists continue to use terms that perpetuate limiting, narrow stereotypes about people with disabilities.

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