In this collection of a dozen essays, writers with strong backgrounds in the disability rights movement examine the roots of public attitudes toward the disabled. Several essays consider portrayals of people with disabilities in literature, film, and journalism. Others explore social policy toward the disabled in education, employment, and health-care. Nat Hentoff's powerful piece, ""The Awful Privacy of Baby Doe," expresses the author's outrage over the case of a child born with spina bifida who was denied treatment because doctors persuaded her parents that she would be better off dead.
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