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Disability rights : the less familiar civil rights movement

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Disability rights : the less familiar civil rights movement
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Alyse Campbell, M.A., University of Colorado Denver Melissa Cermak, Ph.D, MSU Denver Jean Kelly, M.A., Red Rocks Community College Joie Williams, Ph. D, Regis UniversityDISABILITY RIGHTS THE LESS FAMILIAR CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

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Opening QuestionsWhat comes to mind when you think of the term “Civil Rights Movement”?

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How do you define a “Civil Rights Movement”?

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DefinitionA national effort to eliminate segregation and gain equal rights Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/civil+rights+movement

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Key Elements•Challenging negative attitudes and stereotypes •Rallying for political/institutional change •Lobbying for the self-determination of a minority communitySource: “A Brief History of the Disability Rights Movement”

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Key Events•Returning WWII veterans with disabilities •Ed Roberts and UC Berkeley •Independent Living Movement •504 and Regulations •Accessible Bus/Transit •Gallaudet University •Signing of the ADA

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Unique Elements•Access as a Civil Right•“Black people fought for the right to ride in the front of the bus. We’re fighting for the right to get on the bus.”Source: No Pity, People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement

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Unique Elements(con’t)•By 1988:•nearly 2/3 of people with disabilities had not visited a movie theater in the previous year •17% had not eaten a meal in a restaurant •13% never shopped in a grocery store •66% of people with disabilities were unemployedSource: No Pity, People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement

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Unique Elements (con’t)•Broad group of individuals with and without disabilities participated in the movement •Internalized Perception •“subhuman perception that existed of people with disabilities, and how it was internalized even by those with disabilities”-Justin Dart •Considered a stealth movement •Challenged on the basis of economic cost and disability identitySource: No Pity, People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement

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Continuing Evolution of the Movement•Americans with Disabilities Act •Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 •Universal Design

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Closing Questions•Are we there yet?•What barriers do students encounter in college? •Is technology a tool or a barrier to access? •What attitudinal barriers might students encounter?

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Sources •“A Brief History of the Disability Rights Movement” • No Pity, People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement Joseph P. Shapiro • “Lives Worth Living” Eric Neudel, 2011

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Contact InformationAlyse Campbell, M.A., University of Colorado Denver alyse.Campbell@ucdenver.edu Melissa Cermak, Ph.D, MSU Denver mcermak@msudenver.edu Jean Kelly, M.A., Red Rocks Community College Jean.Kelly@rrcc.edu Joie Williams, Ph. D, Regis University Mbwillia@regis.edu