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Author Schwartzenberg, Susan

Title Becoming citizens : family life and the politics of disability / Susan Schwartzenberg
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©2005
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 113 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents About children -- The Nelsons -- The Dolans -- The Safioleses -- The Pyms -- The Werners -- About schools -- The Taggarts -- The Hiramatsus -- The Chapmans -- The Basses -- Education for all -- About citizens -- Marie Strausbaugh -- Lance Peake -- Jeff McNary -- Sharon Gowdey
Summary "Following the Second World War, a generation of Seattle parents went against conventional medical wisdom and refused to institutionalize their children with developmental disabilities. This book presents a visual narrative of thirteen of these remarkable families. With a rich array of interviews, photographs, newspaper clippings, official documents, and personal mementos, photographer Susan Schwartzenberg captures recollections of the struggle and perseverance of these parents. Becoming Citizens traces their dogged determination to make meaningful lives for their children in the face of an often hostile system."
"Breaking the silence that characterizes the history of disability in the United States, Becoming Citizens is a substantive contribution to social and regional history. It demonstrates the ways in which personal experiences can galvanize communities for political action. The centerpiece of the book is the story of four mothers-turned-activists who coauthored Education for All, a crucial piece of Washington State legislation that was a precursor to the national law securing educational rights for every person with a disability in America."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 110)
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Subject Child Advocacy -- history
Mentally Disabled Persons
Deinstitutionalization -- history
History, 20th Century
Mainstreaming (Education) -- history
Learning disabled children -- Family relationships -- Washington (State)
Legal assistance to children -- Washington (State)
Parents of children with disabilities -- Washington (State) -- Personal narratives
Special education -- Parent participation -- Washington (State)
Learning disabled children -- Family relationships.
Legal assistance to children.
Parents of children with disabilities.
Special education -- Parent participation.
Washington (State)
Genre/Form Personal Narrative
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0295806915 (electronic bk.)
9780295806914 (electronic bk.)