Explore BrainMass

Disability Rights & History

Please help writing ideas for a paper on analyzing a specific disability and how this disability is treated by society (include as much detail as possible). MLA format. Also, please provide at least minimum 3 references.

© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com August 19, 2018, 7:08 am ad1c9bdddf

Solution Preview

Once again, thanks for your patience. In this particular task, you are asking for help in charting the history of a particular disability, which I have assumed will be anchored in an American setting. There are a good number of disabilities that we can work on but I believe that a good choice would be blindness primarily because of the richness of its accounted history. Since you are not being asked to frame your paper within a particular time period, I suggest focusing on the modern element of the subject. I suggest this outline:

1. Overview - 200 words
2. About Blindness & its prevalence - 400 words
a. Social History of Blindness in the US :
b. Ancient to Hauy - 250 words
c. Braille to Keller - 250 words
d. AFB & Disability Laws - 250 words

This outline should yield around 1,350 words which should cover what you need. For citing in MLA, see resource (Purdue Guide). Just let me know if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic.

Disability History Overview: Blindness & Visual Impairment


For this task, I have chosen to study the disability of blindness & visual impairment for a number of reasons. First, the number of visually impaired around the world is estimated to be "285 million, of whom 39 million are blind" (Fight for Sight UK online, "Research"). Of these, 90% live in the developing world, 19 million are kids. 80% of these cases can be cured as in said cases; sight loss could have been prevented. In the US, more than 10% of adult Americans have visual impairment with 1.3 Americans being legally blind. Second, education and skills endowment opportunities have proven time and again that the blind can adapt so that 30% of legally blind adults in America are currently employed. Lastly - in the cases of early onset visual-impairedness, with advocacy, the worst case scenario of total blindness can be reversed so that with help and support, those suffering from the condition can adapt, manage and live full lives inspite of the disability. This effort will look at the history of blindness from a general position, key historical events in relation to Blindness in the US, looking into figures, organizations and laws that advocated for the Blind in America's recent history.

About Blindness and & it's Prevalence

Above, I have presented some recent statistics on blindness. As a visual impairment, it is the ultimate condition of vision loss where a person has lost the ability to see, a primary human sense essential in making sense of, learning about, and surviving in life and society. Whereas people experience visual problems now and again which can be corrected by using glasses and contact lenses - being visually impaired means sight loss that cannot be corrected, falling into 2 categories (NHS UK, "Overview: Visual Impairment"): partial sight impairment (moderate level of sight loss) and severe sight impairment (extreme cases of sight loss where eyesight becomes impossible). People experiencing visual impairment have little to no visual acuity (central vision to look at objects in detail ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses disability rights and history.