Voices from the Edge
Narratives About the Americans with Disabilities Act
Edited by Ruth O'Brien
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Voices from the Edge by Ruth O'Brien
Book DescriptionFear, rage, courage, discrimination. These are facts of everyday life for many Americans with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made working, traveling, and communicating easier for many individuals. But has this significant piece of civil rights legislation helped those with disabilities become fully accepted members of society? How does an individual deal with discriminatory situations that the law cannot, does not, or will not cover? What is life like in post-ADA America? The stories in this collection give readers a chance to visualize and perhaps resolve these questions for themselves. Using the techniques of both fiction and creative non-fiction, the contributors bring to life the everyday problems that people with disabilities face. Rather than analyzing the law, the writers dramatize the complex set of issues underlying the ADA as it is practiced and interpreted around the country: at a small Southern college, in the Library of Congress, on a New York City sidewalk. The stories from these local battlegrounds form a unique portrait of a continuing struggle. Ruth O'Brien's legal commentary on the Americans with Disabilities Act supplements these narratives. Organized analytically to reflect the ADA's main provisions, her commentary draws out and responds to the legal issues raised in each contributor's narrative. Discussing relevant Supreme Court and federal cases, O'Brien addresses key legal questions such as: What recourse do individuals have when enforcement of the law is ambiguous or virtually nonexistent? What is a disability? How will its changing definition affect individuals' lives-as well as their legal actions-in the future? Voices from the Edge seeks to challenge the mindset of those who would deny equal protection to the disabled, while providing informative analysis of the intent and application of the ADA for those who wish to learn more about disability rights. Giving voice to many types of discrimination the disabled face while illustrating the personal stakes underlying legal disputes over the ADA, this collection offers unparalleled insight into the lives behind the law.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195156874
(233mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ruth O'Brien
Out of Many, One, Paperback (June 2013)
Feared by conservatives and embraced by liberals when he entered the White House, Barack Obama has since been battered by criticism from both sides. Obama, the author argues, represents the values of a lesser-known third tradition in American political thought that defies the usual left-right categorization.
Case for Big Government, Paperback (February 2010)
Political conservatives have long believed that the best government is a small government. But if this were true, the author argues, the nation would not be experiencing stagnant wages, rising health care costs, increasing unemployment, and concentrations of wealth for a narrow elite.
Telling Stories Out of Court, Paperback (August 2008)
"Few of the countless real-life stories of workplace discrimination suffered by men and women every day are ever told publicly. This book boldly and eloquently rights that wrong, going where no plaintiff testimony could ever dare because these stories...
Bodies in Revolt, Paperback (June 2005)» View all books by Ruth O'Brien
Presenting the view that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) could humanize capitalism by turning employers into care-givers, this text shows how the feminist theory of an ethic of care could be studied in the workplace.
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Author Biography - Ruth O'Brien
Ruth O'Brien is Professor of Government at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Political Science M.A./PH.D Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is author of Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy.
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