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Literature is used as a tool to voice the silence. The disability studies in literature have grown up only after the success of the disability rights movement. The disability rights movement aims to give equal opportunities and rights for the disabled. People’s view on disabled persons differs from person to person. Some people react with fear, pity and disregard when they see the disabled people. Some may criticize them rather than viewing them as full people but some may be very friendly and encourage the disabled people. This paper focuses on the different views of people towards the disabled characters in the novel The Running Dream especially on Jessica Carlisle, a sixteen year old runner, who lost her leg in a bus accident. The friendship that she had with Rosa, another disabled girl, begins to change the way Jessica looks at life.

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