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Social Problems as Collective Behavior.

disability rights movement has found their support of a social model of disability can lead them to stand on the sidelines on some important issues, such as health care reform, and to oppose positions taken by groups whose support they need to build an effective, pro-disability rights coalition. Moreover, in the aftermath of success on the legislative front, the movement has found that, as with all laws, the laws it helped enact are not always well or forcefully applied and that the meaning of its key terms may not be settled. Indeed, it is likely their application will need to be negotiated, by countless individuals with disabilities and their advocates, over and over again with countless school officials, local, state and federal government officials and business people at all levels.

Nevertheless, the success of independent living centers should provide the needed advocates and help instill a pride and confidence in those with disabilities, both individually and collectively, sufficient to insure that they are so included and so empowered within mainstream of American society that nothing about them will ever again be done without them.