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Author Smith, J. David, 1944-

Title Ignored, shunned, and invisible : how the label "retarded" has denied freedom and dignity to millions / J. David Smith
Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2009


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 MELB  616.890092 Smi/Isa  AVAILABLE
Description x, 192 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction. Speaking of Mental Retardation -- Ch. 1. What Are You Going to Do About It? -- Ch. 2. Minimally Decent Samaritans -- Ch. 3. Feebleminded: John Lovelace, Patient #6839 -- Ch. 4. "Patient Is Full Code" -- Ch. 5. Becoming Invisible -- Ch. 6. Broken Ties: "Addressee Unknown" -- Ch. 7. Looking Backward, Looking Forward -- Ch. 8. Headaches, Smoking, and Fights: Leaving the Home -- Ch. 9. Defining Disability Up and Down -- Ch. 10. John Lovelace and the Mercantile Theory of Mental Retardation -- Ch. 11. Darwin's Last Child: Disability, Family, and Friends -- Ch. 12. "Fairview Is Nice to Me" -- Ch. 13. Ethics, Powerlessness, and Informed Consent -- Ch. 14. Blindness and Finding Yourself in Purgatory -- Ch. 15. Policies, People, and No Room at the Graveyard
Summary "Special educator J. David Smith argues that the label of mental retardation is and has long been a myth with destructive power. His evidence consists of the voices of people whose lives bear the impact of the retardation designation, and who have struggled with the stigma associated with it. Some of the voices are those of fictional characters, their words coming from the insightful observations of acclaimed writers. Others are the words of real people who give voice to struggles with an identity not of their own choosing. In particular, the story of a man named John Lovelace serves as a personification of the meaning mental retardation has had in American society."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [183]-187) and index
Subject Lovelace, John, 1931-2001.
People with mental disabilities -- Biography.
Intellectual disability facilities patients -- Biography.
People with mental disabilities -- Institutional care.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2008033673
ISBN 9780313355387 alkaline paper
031335538X alkaline paper