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Of Mice And Men: Care/Treatment Of The Disabled

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"The term 'disabled person' means any person unable to ensure by himself or herself;wholly or partly, the necessities of a normal individual and/or social life, as a result ofdeficiency, either congenital or not, in his or her physical or mental capabilities"(Declaration 1). Six point two to seven point five million people of the population arediagnosed with mental retardation. Mentally disabled people act, think, and growdifferently than normal people, which may lead to inappropriate behavior. In Of Miceand Men, John Steinbeck allowed the reader to see that mentally disabled people weredifferent, but treated equally normal as any other human being, where as today, thementally disabled are ...view middle of the document...

People in the hospitals orcarecenters force the mentally disabled to take their medicine. Not to make them angry,but to calm them down and get them to act more normal.She would watch me take it. I had to open my mouth to show I hadswallowed it. It was involuntary treatment, but a good kind of involuntarybecause it helped to stabilize me and it was done with kindness. (Purnellqtd in Shrogen 1)Nowadays, most people want mentally illed people to take medicine before they havethe chance to do anything stupid of hurt someone. "She did not fit the criteria [fortreatment] until she murdered my mother-in-law. Waiting for danger is too late" (Jacobsqtd in Shorten 1). Besides treating mentally disabled people in hospitals or programs,when they are at home it is important they obtain good treatment too. Most people try toplay games or reward them when they have done something good, to let them know theyare progressing well. "They are careful to praise him when he does something well.They even have a reward program to encourage good behavior" (Bette 64).Along with different treatments of the disabled, there were different laws andrights given to the disabled back then from now. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck gavethe impression that the laws and rights of mentally disabled people were looked upon asthe same rights for any normal person. Back then, if you committed a serious crime,such as killing someone, you were taking the chance of being killed in return or lockedaway. Even though they knew Lennie didn't kill Curley's wife on purpose or to be mean,they still thought they had the right to kill him anyway. "Couldn't we maybe bring himin an' they'll lock him up? He's nuts slim. He never done this to be mean" (Steinbeck106). Today, that punishment would not be accepted without a fair trial or completeunderstanding of the disability. Although, a lot of the cases today were not looked uponcarefully, and mentally disabled people were talked into saying things they should nothave. "They want to confess, they want to make people happy. They're also good atsensing what it is that authority figures want from them and then providing it" (Lustigqtd in Pelka 3). Suzanne Lustig also stated, "Most of my clients confess whether they didit or not" (3). Mentally disabled people do and say what they feel would make thesituation better, which is used against them in trial cases. Also, many mentally disabledpeople do not get fair and equal rights. Many disabled people get hurt by this in returntoo.Broadening the standard to those who are persistently and acutelydisabled is as far a step as we can go to take away someone's civil rights.Taking someone's civil rights away creates a trauma that the person willnever get over. (Purnell qtd in Shrogen 1)Also, Jacobs said, "The laws give civil rights to the person" (qtd in...

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