Written by Doris Zames Fleischer, PhD, of the NJIT Humanities Department, a 2011 updated edition of The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation (Philadelphia: Temple University Press), originally published in 2001, as well as Chapters on disability rights in two different volumes, have recently been published. The first of these chapters is “Disability and the Media in the 21st Century,” in Studies in Communication (Volume 6): Human Rights and the Media, Ed. Diana Papademas (United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011), 181-218; the second is “The Rights of the Disabled” in the Handbook of Human Rights, Ed. Thomas Cushman (New York: Routledge, 2012), 373-384.The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation provides a detailed history of the struggle for disability rights in the United States, based on interviews with over one hundred activists. Referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act as “every American’s insurance policy,” the authors recount the genesis of this civil rights approach to disability, from the almost-forgotten disability rights battles of the 1930s, to the independent living movement of the 1970s, to the call for disability pride of the 1990s, to the energetic disability rights activism of the 21st century.
Dr. Fleischer’s sister, the late Associate Professor Emerita of the NJIT Mathematics Department, Frieda Zames, Ph.D., is co-author of the updated book, as well as the Chapter in Human Rights and the Media. After publication of the first edition of their book, Drs. Fleischer and Zames were invited speakers at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, and other universities, as well as on radio and television programs, including on C-Span.
Dr. Doris Zames Fleischer, a full-time member of NJIT’s Department of Humanities since 1988, has written and lectured widely on disability rights throughout the United States and abroad.
Dr. Frieda Zames, who taught mathematics at NJIT for 27 years, played a pivotal role in making the campus accessible to persons with disabilities. Her three decades of advocacy also included pushing for legislation ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities to the built environment and transportation, as well as to education and employment. In fact, some of the related laws bear her name, as does a street in New York City, honoring her achievements.