"The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation" Book Review by scribbler

A review of Doris Z. Fleischer and Frieda Zames' book, "The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation".
# 152170 | 925 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 08, 2013 in Literature (General)

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The paper discusses how Doris Z. Fleischer and Frieda Zames argue that there has long been an attempt to 'write out' the contribution of differently-abled individuals to society, and even at the beginning of the 20th century, the disabled were often viewed as vulnerable and victims. The paper relates the superhuman feats accomplished by Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was unable to walk, and looks at how today, access to learning and appropriate language education for the deaf and mobility for the blind have formed the core of disability activists' struggles. The paper notes the striking difference between deafness and blindness, that is the emphasis on deafness as a culture amongst activists, as seen in the controversy today over cochlear implant surgery. The paper addresses the growing emphasis on providing the necessary government resources for individuals to live independently and maintains that a combination of private activism and public support will continue to be necessary for the disabled to establish a foothold in society that is secure enough for them to publicly and unapologetically demand equality.

From the Paper:

"In light of such historical silence, is easy to forget that one of the greatest American presidents was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR led the nation through the Great Depression and World War II, and was elected four times to office and today would be called 'differently-abled.' Roosevelt, of course, was a victim of polio. Despite being unable to walk he was able to accomplish superhuman feats of leadership. This aspect of Roosevelt's character, which his wife credited as part of his resiliency and his ability to show bravery in the face of the worst of circumstances, was hidden from the public. Roosevelt was never photographed in a wheelchair in publicity photos. Although he could not truly walk, when inspirational stories of his life were disseminated, the fact that he could (for brief periods) hobble around on crutches was portrayed as evidence that he had been cured or overcome the illness. Acceptance of one's differently-abled status was not part of the narrative the public seemed willing to accept. To his credit, however, Roosevelt was tireless in his efforts to eradicate polio, and supported the March of Dimes, which funded the research that eventually gave birth to the vaccinations for the illness (Fleisher & Zames 8)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fleischer, Doris Z. & Frieda Zames. The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation. Temple University Press, 2001.
  • "Heather Whitestone." Alabama. 2003. April 1, 2010. http://www.al.com/south/celebs3.html

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APA Format

"The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation" (2013, January 08) Retrieved June 09, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-disability-rights-movement-from-charity-to-confrontation-152170/

MLA Format

""The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation"" 08 January 2013. Web. 09 June. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-disability-rights-movement-from-charity-to-confrontation-152170/>