Technologies and Disabilites Research paper

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This paper will examine the history of disabilities without the use of communicative technology, specifically for those who are deaf, blind, autistic and those with cerebral palsy. Furthermore, this paper will discuss modern technologies for communication that have had both a positive and negative effect on those who need communication devices. First, the paper will give a brief overview of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 1990 The ADA was amended and made it illegal to discriminate against the disabled. The ADA prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other term, conditions, and privileges of employment. A person with a disability is someone who has an impairment that limits more than one major activity of life. A person must have his disability on record by a physician. The ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin”. These two Acts are different, but they both provide guidance for an individual regarding his rights. The ADA, however, is the act that this paper will prove to be the aid that individuals with disabilities need and deserve. In the nineteenth century there was greater segregation of disabled people. The workforce was much more demanding and people had to be more physically uniform to perform normal factory jobs. Disabled people were rejected because they were viewed as unworthy. Later in the nineteenth century people began to believe that they could improve the quality of the human race by selective breeding. In some cases they would put disabled people in single sex institutions or they would sterilize the people. People with disabilities were kept from non disabled people and were refused the right to experience day to day activities with each other.
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From years the disabled have struggled for their rights, for their dignity just to be included. Disabled people are still struggling for a lot of things even though the ADA has helped some, the disabled still often feel that the culture sees them as different because of the persisting stereotypes of disability. People need to realize that it can be their child or parent of anyone they know who is disabled. Anyone can, at any time, become disabled, or develop a physical or mental impairment. Perhaps peoples need to distance themselves from this harsh reality makes it convenient to rely on received negative attitudes and historical stereotypes of disability. These stereotypical images are less troubling than accepting the individuality, the joy, the pain, the appearance, behavior and the rights of disabled people. This could explain why disability equality has been called ‘the last civil rights movement’”.
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