Things begin to change…? Sherrie Brown LSJ/CHID 434 January 14, 2009 Courts Reflect Changing Attitudes Justice Marshall in Clebourne (1984) summarized the treatment of people with disabilities:
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Justice Marshall in Clebourne (1984) summarized the treatment of people with disabilities:
“a regime of state-mandated segregation and degradation soon emerged that in its virulence and bigotry rivaled, and indeed paralleled, the worst excesses of Jim Crow. Massive custodial institutions were built to warehouse the retarded for life; the aim was to halt reproduction and nearly extinguish their race. Many disabled children were categorically excluded from public schools, based on the false stereotypes that all were uneducable and on the purported need to protect nondisabled children from them. State laws deemed the retarded ‘unfit for citizenship.’”
He concluded that persons with developmental disabilitieshave been subject to a lengthy and tragic history of segregation and discrimination that can only be called “grotesque.”
Fair Housing Amendment of 1988 provides protection in housing.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 protects qualified people with disabilities from discrimination in the areas of employment, transportation, access to public services and facilities, and communication.