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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 InterviewWithGod.com, 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Hope on March 21, 2016
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Awesome Book! I gave Disabling America 5 stars because Greg Perry says what others are afraid to say about the ADA! Thanks Greg for giving true handicap people a voice that are against being used by our own government! P.S I am glad that I bought this book!
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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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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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Reading this book made me cringe from the get-go but I decided to keep giving it a chance until about 3/4 of the way through I couldn't stand it anymore. I have been working exclusively with the blind and visually impaired for the last 4 years and I found the author's comments insulting to the good character of many of these individuals. What's ironic is in the beginning Mr. Perry says that there are SOME good things about the ADA and there were SOME bad things without the ADA but that most of that evidence is anecdotal. OK, so after the author says that anecdotal evidence isn't helpful, he proceeds to make his points by using nearly all anecdotal evidence to support his view! Did this guy even proofread this?
The author makes blanket statements and assumptions that all disabled Americans will sue you if you don't do exactly as they say. Of course, this does happen, but the author insults the disabled by implying that they're a liability and will ALWAYS sue you if you don't give them what they want. In trying to be clever in a pretzel logical way, the author tries to show how it is the ADA that is insulting and degrading the disabled but then in his own delivery he does exactly what he claims the ADA does! In my opinion it seems that he is out of touch with the disabled. He was fortunate to have two loving parents and a disability that did not prevent him from walking, seeing, hearing, thinking clearly, or not suffer through hallucinations. Surely, being born without a leg and some fingers IS disabling, but there are varying degrees of disabilities. He also seems hung up on disabled parking spaces as if it's such a major inconvenience for those who aren't disabled. I personally don't even think twice about the empty spaces; I just move on and I don't see many people up in arms about them.
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