By Brenda Jo Brueggemann
This quantity in The SAGE Reference sequence on incapacity explores the humanities and arts in the lives of individuals with disabilities. it's considered one of 8 volumes within the cross-disciplinary and issues-based sequence, which includes hyperlinks from diversified fields making up incapacity stories as volumes learn themes critical to the lives of people with disabilities and their households. With a stability of background, thought, examine, and alertness, experts set out the findings and implications of study and perform for others whose present or destiny paintings includes the care and/or examine of these with disabilities, in addition to for the disabled themselves. The presentational variety (concise and fascinating) emphasizes accessibility. Taken separately, each one quantity units out the basics of the subject it addresses, observed by way of compiled facts and facts, instructed additional readings, a advisor to businesses and institutions, and different annotated assets, hence supplying the right introductory platform and gateway for extra research. Taken jointly, the sequence represents either a survey of significant incapacity concerns and a consultant to new instructions and developments and modern assets within the box as a complete.
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Viewing disability as difference allows for positive, or at least neutral, attitudes toward disability to be adopted. Since in our culture disability is largely understood as deviance from the norm, it can be difficult for disabled people to advocate for their experiences as different but not necessarily negative. The Deaf community is an apt example of this: many Deaf people do not consider themselves disabled, but rather argue that they are distinguished not primarily by an inability to hear, but by their use of a language (American Sign Language) that allows them to communicate without needing to hear.
With this accommodation, what formerly disabled him—the fact that the environment is designed for people who can see— no longer does. Similarly, Georgina Kleege opens her 1999 collection of essays, Sight Unseen, with the eye-catching claim, “Writing this book made me blind” (p. 1). ” John Hockenberry also explores the socially constructed nature of his own disability in “Fear of Bees,” a frequently reprinted essay from his 1995 book Moving Violations. In answer to “people want to know what I want to be called,” Hockenberry opens this essay with a nearly threepage rant about the “names” for his life and “condition” that are often contradictory.
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Arts and Humanities by Brenda Jo Brueggemann