The historical and political context of the civil rights of persons with disabilities

Renée A. Middleton, Carolyn W. Rollins, Debra A. Harley

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Abstract

The authors provide a useful historical link between the civil rights movement in the 1960s and the disability rights movement. The origins of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are discussed from the sociopolitical context at the time of their passage. Important links are drawn between these laws, affirmative action, cultural diversity, and multiculturalism. The authors address the role of the counselor with respect to becoming advocates for persons with disabilities in the face of injustice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-120
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Applied Psychology

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