1. In the article, “Ed Roberts, the Disability Rights Movement, and the ADA” written by David Perry, there are many disabled men and women who were disrespected and treated poorly. These men and women took a stand and caused major changes in how people with disabilities are treated. The events in the article helped spread awareness of discrimination against people with disabilities. In the article it is said that “In 1952, after Ed Roberts contracted polio, the doctors told his family he’d probably spend the rest of his life as “a vegetable”. The doctors are usually the ones that are supposed to be helping and supporting the victim, but here they are simply being unfunny and rude. These doctors are not treating him like every other patient just because they believed that his life has no purpose or meaning. Ed Roberts became a staple of the Disability rights movement and helped create the Physically Disabled Students Program which helped those with disabilities get a valuable education. The article also explains that “In 1970, New York department of Education denied Judy Heumann a teaching license because she couldn’t walk, due to post-polio paralysis.” Even though she could not walk, this did not affect her skills as an educator. She later sued and the story went viral. 2. In “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, there's an abundance of racial tension in the small and rather tranquil town of Maycomb. However, the events of the Disability Rights Movement resemble the events that happened in TKAM. Many citizens of Maycomb remind me of Ed Roberts. For example, at the beginning of the TKAM, Scout explains the story of the Cunninghams to Mrs Miss Caroline. She explains how they are very poor country folks who were hit very hard by the crash . This may not seem like discrimination, however Scout is implying that she should treat Walter differently just becuase he is a Cunningham. The doctors that were supposed to treat Ed Robert's thought that they could be bias toward him just becuaee they believed that he would not amount to anything.
1. In the article, “Swimming club gives hope to Bosnian children who are disabled” by Agence France-Presse, a swimming club in Bosnia allows shy, disabled children to enjoy an Olympic sized pool when they have been neglected at other pools and public areas. The disabled have a much smaller chance of getting into schools, sports halls and other institutions compared to your average citizen. This is mostly in Bosnia. Many disabled children were also refused medical attention too, like Ismail Zulfic. He was born without arms. In the article it explains that “Ismail's father, Ismet Zulfic, said his son was refused by several nurseries in Zenica before they found one that would admit him.” This quote shows that things that are offered to the public are not offered to children and adults suffering from a mental disability. Their is no reason why a nursery should neglect a child simply because that person is not like the ones around him/her. In the text it says that “such as Ismail, get 200 euros ($212) or less to help with medical equipment and other assistance.” This means that the government gives them $212, which is no wear close to what they give war veterans and unemployed people. The Zulfic family needed this money too, the father worked a job that did not pay well and the mother is unemployed. 2. In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the African American community in the town gets little love from the people of Maycomb. In a sense, this also reflects how the Bosnia-Herzegovina government does not give the families of the disabled much help financially and in general. In Maycomb, the African Americans lived in a completely different part of town that is not nearly as nice as the rest of Maycomb. Now, it may not seem like these too subjects align with each other, but they do. The town of Maycomb does not support the black community. Calpurnia is one of the only African Americans in that community that knows how to learn in right. Getting an education was very hard for them. Even though disabled people in Bosnia-Herzegovina get more of an education than the black community did in TKAM, it still is very hard for them.
In the poem, Horrible High School, a student who suffers from seizures visits the nurse office and the nurse ignores him/her and snickers when that student has a seizure. The poem represents how people can be very ignorant toward those who are suffering from a problem that someone else does not understand. In the poem, it says “Every time a seizure occurred in the nurse's office She was a disrespectful' irresponsible' smart-ass Laughing at and ignoring me”. The nurse should be supportive and kind to their patients, this leads the victim to be confused on why she would be so bothersome. The nurse neglects the victims offer for help which make it seem like she is treating him differently than other people. In the poem, it states that “Acted like the wicked witch of the west”. This further exemplifies that her evil actions made the victim almost scared of her in a way which made him feel “othered”. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Mr Gilmer treat Tom Robinson just like the Nurse treats the victim. Mr Gilmer nagged on Tom Robinson when he was being questioned and he would not really let him fully speak his truth without questioning it. Now, the nurse may have not nagged on the victim, but she looked down on the victim as if she was the bigger person. Mr Gilmer as the this way towards Tom Robinson.