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Books: Advocacy and Legislation

Foucault and the Government of Disability
Shelley Tremain, Editor
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: February 16, 2005

Foucault and the Government of Disability is the first collection of essays to consider the social theoretical positions associated with Foucault to endorse the practices and ideas about disability, including rehabilitation, community care, impairment, normality and abnormality, inclusion, prevention, accommodation, and special education. The book offers perspective in both disability studies and Foucault studies.

Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and The Case Against Disability Rights
By Mary Johnson, ISBN 0-9721189-0-X

Mary Johnson's book, Make Them Go Away, from the Advocado Press, examines the case against disability rights. "Mary Johnson tells the tortuous, enraging story of how Congress enacted a law [Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)] that instead of protecting against discrimination has turned 'the disabled' into a political punching bag," says William Greider, national affairs correspondent for The Nation. The book "reveals the animus against disability underlying all those sweetly written op-ed pieces, and ... challenges us to oppose the mindset that puts the civil rights of all Americans at the mercy of the marketplace," says Douglas Lathrop in New Mobility. (Mary Johnson has covered the disability rights movement in the U.S. for over two decades as editor of The Disability Rag and Ragged Edge magazine.) For more information, visit www.makethemgoaway.com/.

People with disabilities who challenge the system

Edited by Donna H. Lehr and Fredda Brown; [foreword by Doug Guess]
Publisher Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c1996.

This book offers support to overcome barriers and find inclusion for people with deaf/blind and cognitive disabilities with alternate or challenging behavior problems in school, in the workplace and community.

Oceana's Legal Almanac Series. Law for the Layperson. These recent helpful books on Your Rights and the Law are written by Margaret C. Jasper and also may be available at the public library include:


Rights & Reality II

The Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy has released the newest version of Rights and Reality, a complete guide to programs for, and rights of the disabled community in Wisconsin. Rights and Reality II will begin shipment in February 2002 and is available in CD-ROM and printed versions. Order on-line at the website or for more information please contact the WCA at (608) 267-0214 / (800) 928-8778 / TTY: (888) 758-6049.

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