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Title:
The last civil rights movement : Disabled Peoples' International
Author:
Driedger, Diane.
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Publication Information:
London : Hurst & Co. ; New York : St. Martin's Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xi, 137 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781850650447

9781850650591

9780312028343

9780312028367
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Book

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Organizations composed entirely of persons with various disabilities have arisen in some 100 countries in the last decade, as a response to the realization that societies have been built up without their participation, and often in ways that make their participation difficult. Organizations of disabled peolpe therefore met in Singapore in 1981 to form Disabled Peoples' International. DPI is the first successful effort of disabled people to create a united voice at the international level, and it has been granted consultative status with the UN, Unesco and ILO.


Summary

Organizations composed entirely of persons with various disabilities have arisen in some 100 countries in the last decade, as a response to the realization that societies have been built up without their participation, and often in ways that make their participation difficult. Organizations of disabled peolpe therefore met in Singapore in 1981 to form Disabled Peoples' International. DPI is the first successful effort of disabled people to create a united voice at the international level, and it has been granted consultative status with the UN, Unesco and ILO.


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Driedger's book provides a descriptive account of the formation and early development of the Disabled People's International (DPI) organization. DPI's mandate is twofold: to serve as the voice of persons with disabilities throughout the world and to press for civil rights and integration of disabled persons into society. Driedger provides detailed information on the meetings that served as a catalyst for DPI, the organization-building efforts that took place in Singapore in 1981, the DPI's initial growing pains; she also speculates on future prospects. This book provides insights into the activism and empowerment of persons with disabilities and their struggle to acquire civil rights and equal treatment. All levels. S. Percy University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee