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This quantity in The SAGE Reference sequence on incapacity explores the humanities and arts in the lives of individuals with disabilities. it's one in every of 8 volumes within the cross-disciplinary and issues-based sequence, which includes hyperlinks from assorted fields making up incapacity reports as volumes learn subject matters critical to the lives of people with disabilities and their households. With a stability of background, thought, study, and alertness, experts set out the findings and implications of analysis and perform for others whose present or destiny paintings contains the care and/or research of these with disabilities, in addition to for the disabled themselves. The presentational kind (concise and fascinating) emphasizes accessibility. Taken separately, every one quantity units out the basics of the subject it addresses, followed via compiled facts and records, instructed additional readings, a advisor to agencies and institutions, and different annotated assets, therefore offering the fitting introductory platform and gateway for extra examine. Taken jointly, the sequence represents either a survey of significant incapacity concerns and a consultant to new instructions and tendencies and modern assets within the box as an entire.

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This attitude toward Deafness as difference can be seen, for example, in parts of the PBS documentary Through Deaf Eyes (Garey & Hott, 2007).  I function like any other hearing person can. My deafness does not deprive me of anything. I can do anything I want. ” Perhaps, as Brenda Brueggemann suggests in “The Tango: What Deaf Studies and Disability Studies Do,” the Deaf community’s eagerness to separate itself from the disabled community indicates that disability still has deviant status and is still viewed as negative.

However, if we substitute novellas with “normal people” and novels with “abnormal people,” the results could be more damaging. For example, if our government and social programs focused only on normal individuals and excluded any individuals deemed abnormal, the stakes would obviously be much higher. In Nazi Germany, those deemed abnormal were not quietly excluded but forcibly sterilized, experimented on, and killed—a testament to the power that cultural understandings of normalcy can have (Davis, 2006, p.

He writes, for example, “I am a former food stamp recipient. I am in the 35 percent tax bracket. I am part of the disability rights movement. I am a sell-out wannabe TV star media scumbag who has turned his broken back on other crips” (p. 88). Legal historians working under the social model might survey legislation directed at people with disabilities and thereby discover the ways that political systems have disabled people at different points in history. For instance, in his Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability (2003), Paul K.

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