Activism Among Disabled Citizenry
Militancy and Scope of Handicapped Population
Yet Another Minority has come forward to demand equal rights in society and a place in the mainstream of American life. The nation's handicapped citizens—the blind, the deaf, the paralyzed, the crippled, the mentally retarded, the emotionally disturbed, arthritics, heart patients, epileptics, the multiply handicapped, and those with other mental or physical disabilities—are beginning to form a new activist movement increasingly broad in scope and with great potential power. Like many blacks, Indians, women and homosexuals before them, handicapped individuals have begun to question their unequal status and treatment in life. Groups of handicapped citizens are testing the tactics of militancy by filing lawsuits, mounting publicity campaigns and even holding demonstrations to fight for the legal, ...