Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Beyond Ramps, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Beyond Ramps

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 75)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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!
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.
Jul 27, 2008 Donnie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like social justice
Shelves: history
well done.
Iread Books
Iread Books marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2014
Emily marked it as to-read
May 21, 2014
Marie marked it as to-read
Apr 19, 2014
Cayce marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2014
Chris Bellin
Chris Bellin marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2014
Morgan marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2013
Grok Testuser
Grok Testuser is currently reading it
Dec 20, 2013
Lauren marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2013
Rachel marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2013
Jess is currently reading it
May 07, 2013
Stephanie McGarrah
Stephanie McGarrah marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2013
Alice Gibson
Alice Gibson marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2013
Beth added it
Dec 27, 2012
Isabelleh marked it as to-read
Nov 04, 2012
Will added it
Oct 22, 2012
Chronicallycrafted marked it as to-read
Aug 06, 2012
Mary marked it as to-read
Jun 13, 2012
Max marked it as to-read
May 27, 2012
Krupa marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2012
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book

“People with [Chronic Fatigue] who kill themselves are the millenium's favorite type of disabled citizens-- those who will walk quietly among the healthy, then quietly dispose of themselves. ” 5 likes
“There is no Death with Dignity when people choose to die because health care economics and the social services system prevent life with dignity.” 5 likes
More quotes…