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Life With a Disability in America: Finding Ways and Money to Educate the Young

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Voice of America 2007-1-14 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA. I'm Ste

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2007-1-14

voice one:

welcome to this is america. i'm steve ember.

voice two:

and i'm faith lapidus. today we begin a series of reports about living with a disability in america.

voice one:

our series will explore a number of subjects. these include laws that are meant to give people with disabilities the same chances that able-bodied people have to succeed.

we will talk about employment and about technologies designed to assist people living with disabilities.

voice two:

music teacher works with disabled students

but first we look at special education programs for children with disabilities.

(music)

voice one:

years ago, children with mental or physical disabilities were usually kept at home or in a hospital. mental hospitals especially were often dirty, horrible places. early reforms demanded better care for the people who had to live in them.

by the second half of the twentieth century, however, these laws were not enough. there was a movement to demand not just better care but human rights for people with disabilities. all they wanted, people said, was fair treatment and an equal chance to succeed.

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