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Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy in the Workplace
by Ruth O'Brien
University of Chicago Press, 2001
Paper: 978-0-226-61660-5 | Cloth: 978-0-226-61659-9
Library of Congress Classification HD7256.U5O27 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.590973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Crippled Justice, the first comprehensive intellectual history of disability policy in the workplace from World War II to the present, explains why American employers and judges, despite the Americans with Disabilities Act, have been so resistant to accommodating the disabled in the workplace. Ruth O'Brien traces the origins of this resistance to the postwar disability policies inspired by physicians and psychoanalysts that were based on the notion that disabled people should accommodate society rather than having society accommodate them.

O'Brien shows how the remnants of postwar cultural values bogged down the rights-oriented policy in the 1970s and how they continue to permeate judicial interpretations of provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In effect, O'Brien argues, these decisions have created a lose/lose situation for the very people the act was meant to protect. Covering developments up to the present, Crippled Justice is an eye-opening story of government officials and influential experts, and how our legislative and judicial institutions have responded to them.

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