Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Synopsis

Fear, 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 what recourse do individuals have when enforcement of the law is ambiguous or virtually nonexistent? And how will its changing definition affect individuals' lives-as well as their legal actions-in the future? What is life like in post-ADA America? 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 the many types of discrimination the disabled face - at a small Southern College, in the Library of Congress, on a New York City sidewalk - while illustrating the personal stakes underlying legal disputes over the ADA, this collection offers unparalleled insight into the lives behind the law. Contributors: Joan Aleshire on disability and the eye of the beholder. Achim Nowak on disclosing HIV. C.G.K. Atkins on being an academic liability. Stephen Kuusisto on hope without the tenure lifeboat. Leonard Kriegel on wheelchairs vs. NYC sidewalks. John Hockenberry on trying one's luck at public transit. Joan Tollifson on a license to drive disabled. Shawn Casey O'Brien on the blue beacon of accessibility. Jean Stewart on sign language in the ER. Ruth O'Brien on everything you wanted to know about the ADA.

Excerpt

We made the normal jokes.

At least, they were normal among the teenagers in my hometown of Springfield, Illinois, in the 1960s. It is the state capital, and the biggest employer in town is the state of Illinois. There were certain stereotypes about state employees. If we had to wait impatiently in our cars while a man in a wheelchair crossed the street, someone would be likely to remark, “Looks like a state worker racing to the office.” If one of us said something that seemed a bit dim, another might say, “I'm not calling you dumb, boy, but looks like you're headed for a career in state government.” And I admit: when in high school I got a summer job in the Illinois secretary of state's office, for the first couple of weeks I used to amuse my friends, when they asked what I was up to, by jerking my arms, slurring my voice, and saying, “I've got a state job.”

I stopped that soon, though not soon enough, because I got to know more of my coworkers, who were indeed disproportionately drawn from . . .

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