Ep 184: Exploring the Evolution of Disability Care and Rights in the U.S.

Join hosts Tony and Paul on the Friends for Life Podcast, where they delve into the vibrant lives and pressing issues facing individuals with developmental disabilities. This episode not only entertains but also educates listeners on the significant history and evolution of disability care in the United States. The discussion traces the journey from early informal family care through the dark period of the Eugenics movement, to the transformative post-World War II era, and the civil rights activism of the 1960s and 70s.

The narrative continues through the legislative advancements that shaped today’s disability care, highlighting the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Today’s approach to disability care in the U.S. emphasizes principles of inclusion, accessibility, and equal opportunity, showcasing a significant transformation from past practices.

Whether you’re a professional in the field, someone looking for services, or just interested in learning more about the historical context of disability rights, this episode offers comprehensive insights and a reflection on how far we have come in recognizing and respecting the dignity and rights of people with disabilities. Tune in to be informed and inspired.

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