Max Starkloff and the Fight For Disability Rights

Max Starkloff and the Fight For Disability Rights

By: Charles E. Claggett Jr. , Richard H. Weiss

Publication date: December 2014
SKU: 9781883982805
ISBN: 9781883982805
Subject: Biography

The story of how Max Starkloff, paralyzed at age 21, became an influential advocate for people with disabilities and how today, Starkloff’s legacy continues to better the lives of disabled individuals throughout the country.

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In 1959, at the age of twenty-one, Max Starkloff was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. His doctors doubted he would live longer than a few days and, if he survived, the hope for his quality of life would be minimal. How did this young man with barely a high school education become the leader of a powerful disability rights movement and the founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute? This is his remarkable story. Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights takes readers on an extraordinary odyssey of hope and resilience—from Starkloff’s twelve years in a nursing home to his successful family life and career as a nationally prominent human rights leader. At the time of Starkloff’s accident, millions of Americans like him were confined to institutions with no hope of ever living life independently as respected members of society. But Starkloff and other disability rights leaders formed what became known as the Independent Living Movement, enabling thousands of disabled people to move out of nursing homes by encouraging local governments to remove physical barriers, make public transportation and housing accessible, and pass laws preventing job discrimination. Using firsthand accounts and interviews with Starkloff and those who knew him best, Charles E. Claggett Jr. powerfully retells how Starkloff became an influential advocate for people with disabilities and how today, Starkloff’s legacy continues to better the lives of disabled individuals throughout the country.

Pages: 400
Language: English
Publisher: Missouri History Museum Press
Edition: 1st
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Charles E. Claggett Jr.

Charles E. Claggett Jr. is marketing vice president at Warson Brands and serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the Starkloff Disability Institute and Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

Richard H. Weiss

Richard H. Weiss is an award-winning writer and editor with more than three decades of experience at American newspapers and now online. He is also the founder of WeissWrite LLC, a company that offers writing, editing, and coaching services for journalists, business professionals, students, and anyone with a story to tell.