HANDICAPPING AMERICA: Barriers to Disabled People by Frank Bowe

HANDICAPPING AMERICA: Barriers to Disabled People

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KIRKUS REVIEW

According to Dr. Bowe, Director of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, one of six Americans has some physical, mental, or emotional impairment. His informed, well-reasoned book focuses on the nexus of barriers--particularly attitudinal ones--that infringe on the rights of the disabled and diminish their lives. Most people now acknowledge the architectural, occupational, and educational obstacles; Dr. Bowe examines these and the less recognized ones--legal restrictions and snafus, low self-esteem--and provides revealing vignettes of everyday schedules which dramatize the difficulties disabled people contend with. Mainstreaming, he believes, has intrinsic merits, but he admits that not all handicapped children can benefit from it at all stages. Most of all, he values the increasingly organized efforts of the disabled to press for their rights, and he details the most recent attempts to effect legislation and the disappointing Carter task-force strategy which fudged on campaign promises. Articulate and eminently sensible.

Pub Date: March 29th, 1978
Publisher: Harper & Row