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Ism In The Civil Rights Movement

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In American society today there are many different social issues. An example would be the isms, isms are different types of discrimination on someone or something like racism, sexism, and homophobia/heterosexism. These types of discrimination are what causes hatred and conflict in America today. One ism that has not been given much attention is ableism, ableism is the discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities (merriam-webster.com). People sometimes call others with a disability retarded, crazy, or psycho. These words and many more can be found offensive or hurtful to many disabled individuals. “There's nothing more debilitating about a disability than the way people treat you over it” (“Quotes About Ableism”). Throughout American History Americans…show more content…
Even with this change, people with disabilities were still victims of discrimination. In the 1960’s many important events happened, but the Civil Rights Movement influenced people with disabilities to make a change and fight for their rights by campaigning for legal protection against discrimination. The Disabled Rights Movement was a success and it created The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. “The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors.” (IDK WHAT TO PUT). As a result, the rights for disabled people improved with the making of the handicapped parking sticker, the first legal advocacy center, and The National Center for Law and the Handicapped was
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