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Disability, civil rights, and public policy : the politics of implementation
Percy, Stephen L.
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Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [1990]

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309 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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1650 Lexile.
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Following on the heels of other civil rights movements, disability rights laws emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Often these laws were more symbolic than precise in terms of objectives and strategies to guide the implementation of antidiscrimination policies. Policy refinement, the process of translating legislative mandates into strategies and procedures to govern administrative action, is both dynamic and controversial. The premise of the book is that implementation policies in these areas evolved through protracted political struggles among a variety of persons and groups affected by disability rights laws. Efforts to influence policies extended far beyond the process of legislative enactment and resulted in struggles that were played out in the courts and in the executive branch. Included within this examination of federal disability rights laws are the role of symbolic politics, the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary models used for the study of policy implementation, and the politics of administrative policymaking.

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Although once a hidden minority in the US, the mentally and physically handicapped have now become visible beneficiaries of the civil rights movement of the past two decades. Percy (University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee) has produced a comprehensive study explicating the development and implementation of public policies that protect, advance, and guarantee to the broadest possible extent equal opportunities to the disabled. After outlining the three types of policy initiatives--rehabilitation, income support, and protective rights--Percy examines the complexities of advancing the rights of the handicapped in such crucial areas as access to public facilities, public transportation, education, and employment. Although the narrative notes the occasional failures, overall it is a success story, beginning with symbolic gestures and ending with the integration of the less fortunate into mainstream society. Percy warns, however, that tragic choices must be made since unlimited needs face limited resources. This book should be a standard reference for years to come. Copious documentation, extensive bibliography, and good index. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -R. J. Steamer, emeritus, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Notesp. xvii
1 Disability Public Policy And Implementationp. 1
2 An Institutional Approach To The Study Of Policy Implementationp. 21
3 Federal Laws To Assist Persons With Disabilitiesp. 44
Conclusion: the Legacy of Legislative Considerationp. 62
4 From Symbolic Gestures To Implementation Guidelines The Saga of Section 504p. 64
5 A Conservative Reaction To Section 504 Regulations The Publics of Rollbackp. 83
6 Barrier Removal And Facility Access For Disabled Personsp. 106
7 Access Mobility, And Public Transportationp. 129
Conclusionp. 157
8 Access To Public And Higher Educationp. 160
9 Employment Rights And Opportunities For Disabled Personsp. 193
10 Implementing Disability Rights Policies Comparisons, Contrasts And Dilemmasp. 221
Abbreviationsp. 255
Notesp. 257
Select Bibliographyp. 280
Indexp. 301