VI. The Independent Living Movement 1970 to Present D. Continuing Struggles 1. The Problems and Importance of Language
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Integration: Persons who own or control their own homes have greater choice in deciding where and with whom to live.

Location: People who purchase their own homes can choose where they live based on their own desires and needs, rather than those of the service provider.

Freedom: People who live in their own homes can make their own rules. Privacy is much more easily achieved in one's own home.

The American Dream: Home ownership, referred to as a "home of your own," is a desired objective for many Americans. It is socially and economically desirable and beneficial to own a home.

Equity: People who own their own homes can build equity and increase their financial resources.


Stereotypes and misconceptions about people with disabilities continue to be promoted in the media through visual images and language. Numerous appeals to pity people with disabilities appear on telethons and other fund drives. The image of the helpless child who needs to be "cured" rather than accepted by society is the most glaring. The media more often refers to "handicapped people" or "the retarded" rather than persons with disabilities, focusing on their differences rather than their similarities with the rest of society.