Voices from the Heartland: The Needs and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities

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Every year, billions of tax dollars are spent on programs and services for people with disabilities. But what's the point if those services fail to deliver? That is the underlying question of Voices from the Heartland: The Needs and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities. Authors Wilder and Walters present the firsthand accounts of Oklahoma residents whose daily lives are affected by the quality of disability-related programs and services. They reveal how basic needs have not always been met, how professionals in those programs are not always well trained, and how families are penalized if their earnings rise above the poverty level. The resounding message is that current programs need a substantial overhaul. Policymakers take heed!

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Esther Isabelle Wilder is a sociology professor at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current research focuses on women’s reproductive health, the sociology of disability, and ethnic and religious differences in health care. William H. Walters is a librarian and research consultant at St. Lawrence University.

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"Wilder and Walters underscore how counterintuitive our systems can be and how riddled our public polices are with Catch-22." --Gerben DeJong, Senior Fellow, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Georgetown University

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