Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and the Case Against Disability Rights

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From Booklist Imagine an African American's voting rights withheld until he or she proved 100 percent African American descent, or a woman having to sue her employer to get a women's restroom in the workplace. Outrageous as those scenarios seem, their like is commonplace in the lives of the disabled, Johnson says, because of widespread misinterpretation and misapplication of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She points out numerous flaws in the law, beginning with its title (she prefers that of the British analog, the Disability Discrimination Act) and including the fact that it is enforceable only via lawsuit, putting rights seekers in an adversarial position, and that it contains an escape clause permitting noncompliance if accessibility causes a business "undue hardship." The disabled person's difficulties aren't, however, confined to the law, and the roots of conflict over disability rights reach deep into personal prejudices and national values. Bit-by-bit Johnson deconstructs arguments against disability rights from the likes of Clint Eastwood as well as more ordinary folk, and she constructs powerful reasons why we all benefit from inclusion. Donna Chavez Copyright (c) American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Our wrists hurt from typing on our too-flat keyboards...

We put the TV on "mute" when it got too noisy in the bar, and followed the action with the captions...

We ducked into the "handicap stall" at the airport because it was big enough to accommodate us — and our rollbag and our computer bag...

Still, we said the disabled were ruining things for society. They wanted special keyboards at work to help their wrist pain. They wanted accessible restrooms everywhere. They wanted more captioning on television. They always wanted special accommodation.

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Mary Johnson was the founder of The Disability Rag magazine (later the Ragged Edge), which was published from 1980 through 1996. Her writings about the U.S. disability rights movement appeared in many U.S. publications during the 1980s and 1990s.

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