Sociology | Social Problems and Policies (Topic: Social Aspects of Disability)
S101 | 3657 | Sandi Nenga


Social scientists estimate that 15-20% of the United States population
is disabled.  That means that disabled people constitute the single
largest minority group in the U.S. and its likely that a friend or
relative of yours has a disability.  Even if you don't personally know
someone with a disability, you often see images of people with
disabilities: Tiny Tim, Christopher Reeve, Bob Dole, Dr. Kerry Weaver
on E.R., to name just a few.

Disability is an umbrella term that covers everything from epilepsy to
dyslexia, mental retardation to blindness, polio to schizophrenia.
This course will introduce you to some of the major ideas and debates
surrounding disability in the United States.  Over the course of the
semester, we will explore questions like:  Why do some disabled people
protest Jerry Lewis' Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy
Association?  Are the buildings at IU accessible?  Should Deaf
students be mainstreamed in public schools?  How does the history of
institutions for the mentally retarded reflect changing ideas of
disability?  How does IU accommodate students with learning
disabilities?

I strongly encourage anyone who is planning to work with the disabled
as a career to take this class.  Future educators, managers,
counselors, social workers, doctors, nurses, physical therapists,
policy analysts and social scientists are particularly welcome in this
course.