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The Visible and the Invisible

Irene W. Leigh and Patrick J. Brice

in Diversity in Human Interactions

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195143904
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848171 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143904.003.0011
The Visible and the Invisible

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Within the spectrum of diversity, we tend to immediately see different hues of ethnicity and race and culture as part of the tapestry of America. Then we may think of gender, of sexual orientation, of age, of religion, all as interactive components of ethnicity, race, and culture. Disability is rarely in the forefront of our minds, even though disability permeates every classification that society has defined for humanity with the exception of the “non-disabled.” People with disabilities are human beings who live with a disability, like we all live with something we perhaps could do without. Disability as a form of diversity is a concept whose time has come. Publications on disability have exploded in recent years. Specific topics cover civil rights, accessibility, identity, sexuality, employment, health care, ad infinitum, related to the lives of people with disabilities.

Keywords: disability; diversity; civil rights; accessibility; identity; sexuality; employment; health care

Chapter.  9387 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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