chapter  1
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Why Change Attitudes?

Attitudes and Images Learned Early in Life The evil prosthesis of Captain Hook, the sinister hump of Richard III, the pitiable crutch of Tiny Tim, the blind bumbling antics of Mr. Magoo, the comical speech of Porky Pig, even the pathetic pleas of poster children in their wheelchairs-these are six examples of negative disability images deeply ingrained in our culture. Because the influence of such images so often works subliminally, most of us remain unaware of how we internalize them or how they affect, in particular, childrens’ attitudes and their accompanying behaviors. Forming attitudes regarding disability from such images is like basing assumptions about African culture on old Tarzan movies.