"Individuals with mental disabilities can be divided into two groups, each with its own experience of discrimination. Those who are part of mainstream America - successful actors, politicians, lawyers, and writers - report that other people minimize or refuse to believe their struggles and symptoms. Those who are publicly identified as "mentally ill" by being institutionalized or on public disability benefits report that they are considered totally incapable of any kind of achievement. In Unequal Rights, Susan Stefan takes a close look at how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses - or fails to address - these two worlds of discrimination. She examines hundreds of ADA cases in a variety of areas, from private insurance and professional discipline to disability benefits and institutionalization. The common thread underlying discrimination is the failure to recognize that mental disabilities involve a continuing struggle that can - and often does - coexist with achievement and success. Rich in descriptions of court cases and disability law, Unequal Rights also features compelling personal testimony from people with mental disabilities on the impact of discrimination on their lives. This bold and challenging book is an ideal resource for lawyers, people with mental disabilities, therapists, and anyone who seeks to understand the full impact of disability law."--BOOK JACKET.
Ch. 1. The Landscape of Discrimination Today -- Ch. 2. Images of Mental Illness -- Ch. 3. Disability Benefits or Disability Rights? -- Ch. 4. The Americans With Disabilities Act and Its Impact on Mental Health Systems -- Ch. 5. Discrimination in the Delivery of Services to People With Psychiatric Disabilities -- Ch. 6. Private Insurance and the Americans With Disabilities Act -- Ch. 7. Professional Education, Licensing, and Discipline -- Conclusion: From Segregation to Transformation -- App. B. Statutes Providing Disability Rights and Benefits
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