Law, Geography and Disability: The Idealised Spatialities of Disability Discrimination Legislation in the UK, USA and Australia
Based on interviews with law and policy-makers as well as analyses of case law, this presentation considers the Disability Discrimination Act (UK) 1995, the Americans with Disabilities Act (USA) 1990, and the Disability Discrimination Act (Australia) 1992. The author investigates how well-equipped the legal institutions and mechanisms of these three countries are in relation to the goal of creating inclusive environments for disabled people. Specifically, this presentation: (1) considers the role of different legal contexts in enframing disability discrimination; (2) analyses the language and assumptions behind these laws; and, (3) argues for the importance of context and specificity in law and legal processes.
Keywords: Disability, Law, Geography
Dr. Fayyaz Vellani
Associate Director, Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania