Disabilities Rights Social Movement.

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Disabilities Rights Social Movement.


To begin, The Disabilities Social Movement was starting to begin its task in the 1970's. Thus being influenced by other social movements in the 1960's and 1970's, the disabilities rights movement shares many similarities with the other civil rights struggles of the time, the rights that those who have been denied many things like independence, equality, and lastly full access to society.

"These people only want to be treated the same as everyone else" (The Smithsonian Institution, 2000). Furthermore, people with disabilities and their advocates had to fight to be included into society. Well up until the early 1970's, people with disabilities lived in many other places, such as institutions designed for them to have a decent living environment. Most of the Disabled transferred from the institutions to more of a society setting. Many different things influenced that transfer. First, the many social movements for civil rights encouraged activists to engage in influence on behalf of the disabled.

Secondly, politicians around the U.S. thought that they had to reduce the cost sustained in running these large disabled institutions. So once one came out of these institutions and went on to live in a "community setting", it became very clear quick, that the carpenters and architects of these buildings/houses never considered the needs of a disabled person. "The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 intended to solve part of that problem by requiring that all federal buildings be made handicapped-Accessible" (Jasper, 1998). This was considered one great step towards disabilities rights.

On the other hand, in 1990 advocates for the rights of people with disabilities came to completion of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). "Which was the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities" (Jasper, 1998). Hence, it is known to be the most significant...