Disability discrimination: The ADA & backlash; DDA

“…the ultimate definition of disability is determined by government policy… disability is finally whatever public officials say it is” (Harlan Hahn 1985, unpaged)

Colin Barnes (1991, pp 11-27) traces the roots of discrimination against disabled people from early references in the Old Testament and ancient Greece and Rome, through religious and superstitious persecution in the Middle Ages up to segregation and the economic demands following industrialisation. Continue reading “Disability discrimination: The ADA & backlash; DDA”