Ruth O'Brien

Professor, Editor, Author – Out of Many, One: Obama & the 3rd American Political Tradition – (content reflects my academic freedom & personal freedom of thought)

Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act

9780195156874Ruth O’Brien, Edited and contributed a story and legal commentary (Oxford University Press)

Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award Honorable Mention

Foreword by Rogers M. Smith

Fear, rage, courage, discrimination. These are facts of everyday life for many Americans with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made working, traveling, and communicating easier for many individuals. But what recourse do individuals have when enforcement of the law is ambiguous or virtually nonexistent? And how will its changing definition affect individuals’ lives-as well as their legal actions-in the future? What is life like in post-ADA America?Voices from the Edge seeks to challenge the mindset of those who would deny equal protection to the disabled, while providing informative analysis of the intent and application of the ADA for those who wish to learn more about disability rights. Giving voice to the many types of discrimination the disabled face–at a small Southern College, in the Library of Congress, on a New York City sidewalk–while illustrating the personal stakes underlying legal disputes over the ADA, this collection offers unparalleled insight into the lives behind the law.Contributors:Joan Aleshire on disability and the eye of the beholder.

Achim Nowak on disclosing HIV.
C.G.K. Atkins on being an academic liability.
Stephen Kuusisto on hope without the tenure lifeboat.
Leonard Kriegel on wheelchairs vs. NYC sidewalks.
John Hockenberry on trying one’s luck at public transit.
Joan Tollifson on a license to drive disabled.
Shawn Casey O’Brien on the blue beacon of accessibility.
Jean Stewart on sign language in the ER.
Ruth O’Brien on everything you wanted to know about the ADA.

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating series of personal accounts a rich and multifaceted overview of disability rights law, and of the experience of living with a disability in the contemporary United States. Voices from the Edge should be of particular interest to students in law, public policy, political science, and disability studies, all of whom would benefit from this mulitfaceted approach to disability and discrimination.”–The Law and Politics Book Review

Voices from the Edge presents a refreshing and innovatively organized look at the disability literature in the context of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.”  Juliet C. Rothman —  Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Voices from the Edge offers an exciting addition to the growing body of scholarship on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Voices from the Edge takes readers on a thought-provoking journey, juxtaposing narratives about discrimination and legal analysis…” — H-Net Reviews

Legal citation in Hartup v. American Standard (2009)

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