Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract
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Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract

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The Social Contract -- Rousseau's famous term concerning the bond between a government and it's people -- has been sold to the highest bidder. Freedom is reserved only for markets in a society increasingly strangled by corporate of power".Empowerment" is the new definition of destitution.By looking at the struggles of the disabled faced with the end of social services, End...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Common Courage Press (first published July 1st 1998)
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Kari
This book is truly fascinating to me. While it tends to be didactic and lacks the sort of "personal story" that most people would be well served to read in addition, I think it provides an interesting perspective on disability rights, particularly how differential access to health care effects life/opportunities. The book raises important questions of identity and disability - how are people changed by accidents and brain damage not just in terms of ability but relationships, identity, communica...more
sonny singh suchdev
wake up call about the oppression of people with disabilities. read it!
Mariah
In Beyond Ramps, Marta Russell gives an excellent critique of disability policy & cultural attitudes in the American political & economic system. She shows how inadequate the Americans with Disabilities Act is in broadening opportunities and inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream society. There is not enough of a push for businesses to hire people with disabilities, and there was too much compromise on not putting an "undue burden" on businesses to make their buildings acces...more
Ryan Mishap
"Manifesto of an Uppity Crip"

Extensive listing of ills visited upon the disabled from 1930's Germany to 1990's U.S. Coming from the left/progressive viewpoint while rightly criticizing the left's failure to support/work on disabled issues.
Billie Rain
a hard look at the cruelty of institutionalized ableism.
Donnie
Jul 27, 2008 Donnie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like social justice
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