Beyond Affliction: Intro to Community

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What attributes make a group of people community? They can live in the same geographical place, share the same traditions or language, experience similar cultural events or encounters, or be linked by the same institutions. People with disabilities have always been among us, the human species. But their role in our families and communities has changed over time. Looking at the idea of community and disability leads the viewer down several very different paths. In recent years people with disabilities have mobilized. They've come together and begun to redefine for themselves how they, and the experience of disability, are perceived and understood by the public at large. Even though the ties between groups and generations remain, at times, fragile, this intentional gathering for political and social goals has created a cross-disability coalition that has focused on securing for itself civil rights guarantees.



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