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Nothing About Us Without UsDisability Oppression and Empowerment$
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James Charlton

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520207950

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520207950.001.0001

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Nothing About Us without Us

Nothing About Us without Us

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Nothing About Us Without Us

James I. Charlton

University of California Press

The slogan “Nothing About Us Without Us” resonates with the philosophy and history of the disability rights movement (DRM), a movement that has embarked on a mission parallel to other liberation movements. The DRM's demand for control is the essential theme that runs through all its work. Control has universal appeal for DRM activists because the needs of people with disabilities and the potential for meeting these needs are everywhere conditioned by a dependency born of powerlessness, poverty, degradation, and institutionalization. This dependency, saturated with paternalism, begins with the onset of disability and continues until death. The condition of dependency is typical for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. Only in the past twenty-five years has this condition begun to change. Although little noticed and affecting only a small percentage of people with disabilities, this transformation is profound.

Keywords:   DRM, disability rights, control, paternalism, liberation movements

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