Americans With Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act, which seeks to find a broader place for people with disabilities in U.S. businesses, workplaces and schools, became law on July 26, 1990. Learn about the law that requires organizations accepting public funds to make their buildings and their programs accessible to people with disabilities.
Readings on Disability Rights
These books and websites give a good introduction to the challenges faced by the disabled in today's society and their fight to be respected rather than pitied.
- Books on Disability Rights and Community Living
- Disability Rights News Round-Up
- Disability News Blog
- Disability Scoop Blog
- Ragged Edge Online
Travelers With Disabilities
Hot Topic: Euthanasia
The much-debated case of Terri Schindler Schiavo is at heart a disability rights issue. Do people with severe disabilities have rights? Can those rights be waived? Who decides when a life no longer has value? Parents of children with special needs, as caretakers of the helpless and voiceless, need to make sure their children's rights are being respected. Here's a look at the issues involved.
- Who Decides There's No Hope?: Euthanasia and Disabilities
- Is "Million Dollar Baby" Dangerous?
- Book Review: Forced Exit
- Not Dead Yet News and Commentary
Hot Topic: The R-Word
The 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder sparked a debate about the use of the words "retard" and "retarded" and a campaign to remove them from movies, TV, and acceptable social speech.
- Use of the R-Word in "Tropic Thunder" Sparks Controversy
- Video Responses to the R-Word
- Intellectual Disabilities in the News
- Spread the Word to End the Word
For a hopeful glimpse into the future, learn about artwork kids have created to give cartoon aardvark Arthur a friend with a disability and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ADA.
- Kids Create a New Friend for Arthur
- State of the Art: An Exhibition of Artwork by Children With Disabilities