The Americans with Disabilities Act, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month
This year marks not only the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, but also the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law. The Department of Justice is recognizing the many ways in which the ADA has transformed American society and enabled a generation of Americans with disabilities to thrive. At the same time, we recognize that many barriers to equal opportunity still remain. Finding employment can be difficult, for people with differing abilities this can be even more so. Here is a list of titles that can serve as resources for people of all abilities looking for information on the history of the ADA and resources on finding employment.
Digital book (DB), braille (BR), large print (LT), and audio described videos (DVD) copies of these titles are available from the Perkins Library or the Worcester Talking Book Library. Please contact the library to order any of these books.
Prepared by Erin Fragola
Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design
A history of design in the United States that provides increased accessibility for those with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Also discusses the individuals and events that propelled the civil rights movement leading to the Architectural Barriers Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 2019.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Susan Dudley Gold
Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act and profiles its proponents and opponents. Examines the impact of the 1990 law on public policy protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities in the fields of employment, housing, public facilities and transportation, and communications systems. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.
As the Twig Is Bent
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) presents essays from individuals who discuss aspects of growing up blind. Overcoming others’ misconceptions about blindness is the central theme among experiences such as being overprotected as children, deciding whether or not to use a cane, and seeking employment. Contributors range from a seven-year-old boy to the creator of the braille math code. Many stress the importance of NFB in their lives. 1992.
Disability Awareness — Do It Right! Your All-In-One How-To Guide: Tips, Techniques, And Handouts for A Successful Awareness Day
The Ragged Edge Online community’s guide to planning and presenting a disability awareness event. Explains the negative consequences of disability simulations and suggests alternative activities that promote the concept of “ableism,” as advocated by the disability rights movement. Includes a countdown calendar, a checklist, resources, and readings. 2006.
The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation
Doris Zames Fleischer
Legislative history of the civil rights movement for individuals with disabilities in the United States. Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, various advocacy organizations, and the roles of technology and deinstitutionalization. 2001.
Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights
Lennard J. Davis
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) serves as the model for disability-based laws around the world. Disability scholar Lennard J. Davis recounts the behind-the-scenes narrative of how the bipartisan bill came to be as well as discussing its long-reaching impacts. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
John Maynard Keynes
Outlines and explains the author’s theory of economics, which has been of tremendous significance in the world economic situation. 1936.
I’d Rather Be Working: A Step-By-Step Guide to Financial Self-Support for People with Chronic Illness
Author with fibromyalgia offers a guide to finding a job that can accommodate a chronic illness or disability. Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act, government programs, education and training, assistive technology, and self-employment opportunities. Provides real-life examples and resources and includes exercises to assess abilities and limitations. 2002.
Arlene S. Hirsch
Psychotherapist, career counselor, and outplace consultant Hirsch explains how to “remove some of the negative imagery from the interviewing process by developing better interview skills and attitudes.” Her formula consists of getting to know yourself inside and out; researching employers most likely to want you; and presenting yourself as someone who can add value to the organization. 1994.
Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities
Richard Nelson Bolles
In this updated edition of the popular guidebook first published in 1991, the authors explain the hiring process in the context of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They present job-hunting strategies and tips, offer advice for the interviewing process, including research and face-to-face issues, and suggest other resources available. 2001.
Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities
Daniel J. Ryan
Comprehensive resource guide to career development for people with disabilities. Covers locating openings, preparing for interviews, writing resumes, using government programs, networking, and succeeding at work. Discusses available accommodations and provides job links from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. 2011.
Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities
Cary Griffin and David Hammis
Experienced vocational counselors offer a practical handbook that provides individuals with disabilities information on how to start and maintain a small business. Includes suggestions on preparing a business plan and market strategies, understanding and using government programs, and finding mentors and useful web sites. 2004.
A Matter of Dignity: Changing the Lives of the Disabled
The author of Ordinary Daylight (DB 16674) portrays activists, technicians, health professionals, and others working to improve the everyday lives of people with disabilities through technological progress or advances in public policy and awareness. Potok discusses independence, quality of life, and dignity, relating these issues to his own experience with retinitis pigmentosa. 2002.
Meeting the Needs of Employees with Disabilities
Resources for Rehabilitation
Information for people with disabilities and employers about measures that can be taken to promote full employment. Covers federal laws, environmental adaptations, and technology to help in the workplace. Includes advice for persons with speech, vision, and hearing impairments; the elderly; and those with chronic medical conditions. 1999.
Persistence Is Power! A Real-World Guide for the Newly Disabled Employee
Jeanne Lazo and Carol J. Amato
Provides disabled employees with information about disability insurance, Social Security, and Workers’ Compensation. Explains the Americans with Disabilities Act. Offers advice for filing claims and managing paperwork, and provides forms and resources. Addresses emotional, medical, legal, privacy, and monetary issues. 2004.
What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement
Twentieth-century disability activists describe their political struggles for basic human rights, which led to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. They discuss landmark campaigns, including the demand for a deaf president at Gallaudet University and ADAPT’s struggle for accessible public transit. 2012.
You’ve Got Rights!
CORD (Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled) has compiled information for people with disabilities about their civil rights. Covers what protections the laws provide; a review of the Americans with Disabilities Act; discussions of abuse, harassment, education, and driving laws; advocacy tips; and phone numbers of many organizations. Especially useful to Massachusetts residents. 2011.