Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies, 1st Edition

  • Tamar Heller
  • Sarah Parker Harris
  • Carol J. Gill
  • Robert Gould
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  • ISBN-10: 1440834237
  • ISBN-13: 9781440834233
  • DDC: 362.403
  • 976 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Once primarily thought of as a medical issue, disability is now recognized as a critical issue of identity, personhood, and social justice. By discussing challenges confronting people with disabilities, their families, and accounts of disability experiences, this volume situates disability within broader social movements, policy, and areas of marginalization, providing a critical examination of the experiences of people with disabilities and how disability can affect identity. A foundational introduction for those intimately connected with a person with a disability and those interested in the science behind disability, this collection covers all aspects of disability in the US. Topics cover characteristics of disability; disability concepts, models, and theories; important historical developments and milestones for people with disabilities; prominent individuals, organizations, and agencies; notable policies and services; and intersections of disability policy with other policy.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Guide to Related Topics.
1: Ableism.
2: Abuse.
3: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
4: Addiction.
5: African Americans with Disabilities.
6: Aging.
7: Alternative and Augmentative Communication.
8: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
9: Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT).
10: Anthropology.
11: Apprenticeships.
12: Arab Americans with Disabilities.
13: Art Therapy.
14: Asian-Pacific Americans (APA) with Disabilities.
15: Assistive Technology.
16: Assistive Technology, Use of in Minority Communities.
17: Behavioral Interventions in the Classroom.
18: Bioethics.
19: Blind Education and Braille.
20: Body Enhancement.
21: Bullying, Youth, and Disability.
22: Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace.
23: Business of Disability.
24: Campus Activism.
25: Care Coordination and the Medical Home.
26: Caregivers and Care Recipients.
27: Case Management.
28: Centers for Independent Living.
29: Charter Schools.
30: Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.
31: Citizenship.
32: Classroom Accommodations.
33: Coalitions and Interest Groups.
34: Colonialism.
35: Comedy.
36: Comics.
37: Communication.
38: Community.
39: Community Living and Community Integration.
40: Contemporary Art.
41: Criminal Justice System and Incarceration.
42: Crip and Crip Culture.
43: Critical Disability Studies.
44: Cultural Competency and Employment.
45: Culturally Responsive Teaching.
46: Curriculum and Differentiated Instruction.
47: Customized Employment.
48: Dance.
49: Deaf Culture.
50: Deaf President Now Protest at Gallaudet (1988).
51: Deinstitutionalization.
52: Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
53: Direct Service Workforce.
54: Disability and Performance in Everyday Life.
55: Disability Demography.
56: Disability Justice.
57: Disability Oppression.
58: Disability Protests.
59: Disability Rights Movement (DRM).
60: Disability Rights Movement (DRM), History and Development of.
61: Disability Studies.
62: Disability Studies in Higher Education.
63: Disclosure and Self-Identification.
64: Discrimination and Microaggressions.
65: Diversity.
66: Dual Eligibility.
67: Early Childhood Interventions.
68: Embodiment.
69: Emergency Preparedness.
70: Employer Attitudes.
71: Employment, Barriers to.
72: Employment First.
73: Ethics.
74: Ethics of Care.
75: Eugenics.
76: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
77: Family Caregivers and Health.
78: Family Support Movements.
79: Fat Studies.
80: Feminist Disability Theory.
81: Fine Arts.
82: Food.
83: Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
84: Friendship and the Best Buddies Program.
85: Functional Behavioral Assessment.
86: Gender Roles.
87: Genetic Screening.
88: Globalization.
89: Group Homes.
90: Guardianship and Capacity.
91: Health and Fitness, Access to.
92: Health Care, Barriers to for Minorities.
93: Health Care Provider Activism.
94: Health Determinants.
95: Health Disparities.
96: Health Insurance.
97: Health-Related Quality of Life.
98: Hispanic and Latino Americans with Disabilities.
99: Historical and Outdated Terminology.
100: Identity.
101: Immigrants and Refugees.
102: Inclusive Education.
103: Inclusive Language as Advocacy.
104: Independent Living.
105: Individualism and Independence.
106: Individualized Education Program (IEP).
107: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).
108: (In)Exclusion in Education.
109: International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).
110: Intersectionality of Race, Gender, and Disability.
111: Language.
112: L’Arche.
113: Learning Disabilities.
114: Least Restrictive Environment.
115: Least Restrictive Environment, Experience of People with Disabilities and Their Families.
116: Life Expectancy.
117: Life Writing.