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Disabling America: The Unintended Consequences of the Government's Protection of the Handicapped Hardcover – January 14, 2004

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About the Author

Greg Perry, despite being born handicapped, has achieved tremendous success in both his personal and professional life. A computer whiz since college, Perry just completed his 75th book about computers and it appears he has written more about them than anybody on earth. Perry's work is in demand by all the major computer book publishers and is known in the industry as one of the most widely read. Beyond his prolific writing, he was content editor for, and has authored Managing Rental Properties for Maximum Profit, a book that has seen three editions and has been in print for ten years. Perry enjoys life to its fullest with his wife Jayne, whether at home with their dogs Casper and Zucchi, or traveling around the world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (January 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785262253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785262251
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight VINE VOICE on February 21, 2009
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The Americans With Disabilities Act is a sacred cow. Rarely do I hear anyone publicly say anything against it, and generally those who would like to (myself included) run the risk of being considered anti-disabled (or maybe "disabledphobic?"). This is what makes Greg Perry and his book such an asset. Perry, born with one leg and three fingers, has written a smashing critique of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and as a disabled man, probably has more latitude to do so than most of us "normals."

From the outset, I will warn you that this book is highly anecdotal and, to my mind, this is no flaw (as some will allege). We hear stories of cases involving employees who "discover" a disability (like alcohol addiciton, "chronic" back pain, or depression), so that they might sue the pants off their employers. We hear stories of disabled lawyers who sue hundreds of stores at a time (that they have been to all of the stores is often in question).

These, and other, stories will outrage, and this is by design. The subtitle of the book is "the unintended consequences of the government protection of the handicapped," and this is what Perry shows. The ADA, like other government legislation such as the USA PATRIOT act, and No Child Left Behind, doubtless started with good intentions. But like these other Acts, the ADA is rife for abuse and ends up hurting those it intends to help. As Perry notes, the ADA is rife with abuse in large part because the vagueness of what constitutes a disability; everything from drug addiction to affliction with the AIDS virus to situational depression can be called a disability under ADA, and once one is "disabled," the ADA gives wide latitude to sue and make cumbersome demands on everyone from one's employer to one's favorite mom-and-pop store.
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19 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Karen Pride on June 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Even John Stossel doesn't seem to care about telling us the dangers of the Disabilities Act. Only Greg Perry, this book's author, does this... and he does a FINE job.

I've heard him speak on CSpan before. he is eloquent and the reason the other side has vicious hatred toward him is because:

1. They don't like a handicapped man telling the truth about how the ADA harms both the handicapped AND normal people.

2. They love censorship.

3. Their incomes are at stake.

If you want to harm the handicapped, then go to Washington and lobby to stregthen the ADA!

Greg Perry presents his arguments in a systematic fashion. And the other reason ADA-advocates (attorneys, psychologists, and government workers) show such hatred towards this handicapped author is because he shows others - using a LOT of humor - how to destroy every pro-ADA argument they throw at us.

I am SO glad that I learned about this. I used to think the ADA was harmless. What I didn't know DID hurt me.
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Reed on June 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As Perry points out so clearly, the hanidcapped in America would be better off morally and financially without the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Why do we continue to put up with this? Karl Marx would have been so proud if he had designed the ADA. It keeps the handicapped in "their place" and really makes the people who profit off the backs they break under the ADA wealthy and they feel good that they've done something even though the outcome is disastrous for the people they say they want to help.
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17 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
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I knew very little about the ADA prior to reading this book. I can honestly say that my eyes are now open to another example of ridiculous government policy that doesn't help anyone, especially the handicapped.
Perhaps the most shocking parts of the entire book, are the endless places in which people who are NOT handicapped or disabled sue a business for not being ADA friendly and THEY WIN!
For example, the author shares a story about a small business owner in Texas who found out one of his employees, who was cooking in the business' kitchen, recently tested HIV positive. Instead of firing the employee, the businessman wanted to give the man another job in the business that would take him out of the kitchen, but would pay him more and ensure that his customers would not be exposed to the virus.
Well, not only did the employee refuse the newer, higher-paying job, he went out and found a lawyer that was prepaired to take the businessman to court for violating the cook's rights under the Americans with Disablities Act.
Customers found out about it and quit eating at this restaurant. The businessman couldn't afford to defend himself in court. So, his business folded.
Is that fair? Certainly not. In fact, I would hope that every restaurant owner would be concerned about the quality of the food they were feeding me, even if it's a simple as the common cold or bacteria in the kitchen sink. And, secondly, since when is being HIV positive a disability? Does that mean that people with cancer are disabled?
No. This case is clearly an example of someone taking advantage of the system. And, I agree with the author, you and I are paying for these types of ridiculous lawsuits every day.
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