Wednesday, September 29, 2010
What I Learned Today
Each Wednesday I get up extra early, get dressed (as opposed to stay in pajamas and drive carpool or take care of Sophie) and put on make-up, grab my giant white plastic binder and attend a day of LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) where I am a Fellow in training. Each Wednesday, I hope to highlight something particularly interesting that I've learned.
What I learned today:
The Civil Rights Act, passed in 1964, as we all know was originally based on race, but the heart of the Civil Rights Act is Title II which also pertains to people with disabilities. Title II:
1. prohibits discrimination of individuals using public accommodations, such as hotels and lunch counters.
The Act provides a broad framework against which other marginalized and disenfranchised groups advocate for equal access and treatment. (Women and more recently, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population, have utilized the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to frame their arguments to remedy violations of their rights to equal treatment.)
The Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not specifically protect women, LGBT individuals, nor individuals with disabilities.
Examples of the Civil Rights Laws and Judgements applied to people with disabilities:
1. Brown vs. Board of Education (1954)
2. Separate is NOT equal
3. The impetus for Education for All Handicapped Children Act (IDEA) -- inclusion/least protective environment is based on that law.
Next time you hear someone slander the Civil Rights Act of 1964, plug up your ears and start humming.