The world view on disability has shifted dramatically over the past thirty-five years. In the 1960s and 1970s, for reasons not yet fully explained, the grassroots call for self-determination by people with disabilities resounded through the country and gave birth to the framework of the independent living/disability rights movement that we know today. In the last third of this century, people with disabilities, most of whom had no history of political involvement, have organized and acted to change the conditions of their own lives. It is this period of historic change that is being documented here in the Disability Rights Independent Living Movement [DRILM] national research and documentation project.
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