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Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781883982799
Author(s): Charles E. Jr. Claggett
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Missouri Historical Society Press
Dimensions: 229 x 0 x 152 (w x l x h)
Pages: 288

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In 1959, at the age of twenty-one, Max Starkloff was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. His doctors doubted he would live longer than a few days, and, if he survived, the hope for his quality of life would be minimal. How did this young man with barely a high school education become the leader of a powerful disability rights movement and the founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute? This is his remarkable story. Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights takes readers on an extraordinary odyssey of hope and resilience-from Starkloff's twelve years in a nursing home to his successful family life and career as a nationally prominent human rights leader. At the time of Starkloff's accident, millions of Americans like him were confined to institutions with no hope of ever living independently as respected members of society.
But Starkloff and other disability rights leaders formed what became known as the Independent Living Movement, enabling thousands of disabled people to move out of nursing homes by encouraging local governments to remove physical barriers, make public transportation and housing accessible, and pass laws preventing job discrimination. Using firsthand accounts and interviews with Starkloff and those who knew him best, Charles E. Claggett Jr. powerfully retells how Starkloff became an influential advocate for people with disabilities a Please click here to ask a question
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