Disability And The Urban Environment: A Perspective On Los Angeles

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Debbie Park
Professor Marta Rose
English 802
04 September 2015
Analysis of Disability and the Urban Environment: a Perspective on Los Angeles

Disability and the Urban Environment: a Perspective on Los Angeles by H. Hahn examines the limitations that are prevalent in society for disabled people. Hahn fixates on the interplay between the environment and the individual and the discriminatory standards that are implicated within the elaborate daily basis against people with disabilities. These ideals are examined and analyzed by fixating on the geographic dispersion and the absence of an interactive community in Los Angeles. Hahn explicitly details the reason for this essay, “The purpose of this study is to examine the experience of disabled persons
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Hahn defines disability as, “A form of inability or limitation in performing roles and tasks expected of an individual within the social environment” (Hahn 274). Likewise, the ADA Network, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services describes the word as, “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.” The definition Hahn fixated more than twenty five years ago and the word’s definition as of today is indistinguishable.
After studying this article, contemporary scholars should pursue to transform the definition of the word disabled. Although new laws have been enacted to accommodate the disabled in the public, the failure to redefine the term “disabled” shows the stagnation of our society. Hahn’s definition of disabled should greatly contrast from the definition we use today because in today’s society, disabled people have almost all of the accessibilities they need in order to fit in with the environment and the community in which they live
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Hahn explicitly explains the concept of the term “disabled”. Through Hahn’s conclusion, readers can deduce that in order to eradicate the barriers dividing the disabled from the non-disabled, an urban environment has to accommodate every citizen and that accessibilities for the disabled is a constitutional right protected under the freedom and equality principle not an extravagance disabled people have to fight for. Hahn expresses, “The size of the disabled population is expected to grow substantially because of increasing longevity and advances in medical technology. And other nondisabled… people might be compelled to face the prospect of living at least a portion of their lives with a disability” (Hahn 227). Hahn’s remark is undeniably true; with human’s life span increasing, the rate of disability will also exponentially increase. In order to better assist the expanding disabled population, society must uptake new legislations. These new legislations should abolish the discriminatory constraints placed upon the disabled and allow the disabled and the non-disabled to assimilate together and form communities in which there are no boundaries between the non-disabled and the disabled. The non-disabled society should start to expunge the current barriers between them and the disabled because the non-disabled will eventually become a member of the disabled community in the
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