Disabled Country Poem Analysis

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Disabled Country, written by Neil Marcus, displays that there is a culture that persons with disabilities are a part of. It demonstrates that they do not identify with abled Americans, as a result of their lives being too different. To me, this poem not only presents that everything that a person with disabilities does takes into account their disability- it also presents that people with disabilities are still able to perform the same types of activities as abled people. Disabilities themselves do not stop people from engaging in activities, societal barriers do. Persons experiencing disabilities have been a part of the American experience for much of history. According to Lum (2011), in order to understand the contemporary perception of…show more content…
Shirts such as the ones that say “I Am NOT A Case, And I Don’t Need To Be Managed!” and “Not Dead Yet” showed that the people with disabilities were fighting to be looked at as and treated like people, rather than just a case or somebody that cannot make choices for themselves. From the t-shirts, it is also clear that they were looking for more equality in terms of accessibility in society. They did not want to continue going on and being perceived as invalids- they fought for what they believed in. The fact that the disability rights movement led to so many successes for the disabled community evokes feelings of admiration within me. I admire that this group, a group that so many people thought so little of for so long, was able to succeed in their civil rights movement through their…show more content…
It guaranteed the equal treatment of and equal access for people with disabilities in terms of employment opportunities and public accommodations. Its intent was to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in: employment, services rendered by state and local governments, places of public accommodation, transportation, and telecommunications services,” (ADL, 2017, para. 16). This meant businesses and all public accommodations needed to have modifications that would make them accessible to people with
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