Michael Bailey’s Intro to the Disability Rights Movement: Part 1 of 3

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Lesson title

Michael Bailey’s Intro to the Disability Rights Movement: Part 1 of 3

Video title, link and release date;

Michael Bailey’s Intro to the Disability Rights Movement: Part 1 of 3; March 18, 2013

Video Length

Nine minutes and eighteen seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above

Video Summary

  • Michael Bailey, an attorney from Portland, Oregon, is the president of the National Disability Rights Network.
  • Bailey spent time working in civil rights litigation before shifting his focus to disability rights after his daughter Eleanor was born with Down syndrome.
  • Through his own experience, Bailey explains the thought processes and societal pressures that come along with having a child with a disability.
  • He recalls the joys and difficulties of raising Eleanor, which resulted in Bailey’s completely new perspective on disability.

 Review Questions:

What was Michael Bailey’s first reaction to having a child with a disability?

During Eleanor’s infancy, what kinds of activities did she and Bailey do together?

What event radically changed Bailey’s outlook on his daughter’s life and disability?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt:

What about this report do you have questions about?

Try to put yourself in Bailey’s shoes. What would be your reaction to having a child with Down syndrome?

What do you want to know more about?