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Disability History Resources
- EveryBody: An Artifact History of
Disability in America Visit Website People with disabilities have been present throughout American history. Many stories and events related to people with disabilities never make it into the history books or shared public memories. Familiar concepts and events such as citizenship, work, and wars become more complicated, challenge our assumptions about what counts as history, and transform our connection with each other when viewed from the historical perspective of people with disabilities, America’s largest minority.
- Halderman v. Pennhurst:
A Turning Point In Disability Rights Visit Website Terri Lee Halderman was a resident with minor disabilities at Pennhurst State School and Hospital in Spring City, Pennsylvania. In 1974, she filed a case against Pennhurst with a complaint that the conditions were unsanitary, inhumane, and dangerous.
- Disability Studies:
Information and Resources Visit Website This information package reflects the diversity of the field of Disability Studies. We have included contributions representing different disability groups, perspectives, and disciplines. The information package is divided into nine sections.
- UC Berkeley – Disability Rights and
Independent Living MovementVisit Website A collection of more than 100 oral histories with leaders and shapers of the disability rights and independent living movement from the 1960s onward and an extensive archive of personal papers of activists and records of key organizations.
- Action for Access: Changing Perceptions of
Disability in American Life Visit Website A website that advocates action for access and changing perceptions of disability in American life.
- Disability History: An Important Part of
America’s Heritage Download PDF Disability History Brief developed by the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.
- Online Disability History Exhibit Visit Website You can use this online Disability History Exhibit to educate others or use as a guide for creating your own exhibit. Available as PDF or HTML web pages.
- Justin Dart, Jr. – Pioneer in Rights for
People with Disabilities Visit Website A 2-part mini-series within a series, concerns the history of the disability movement, legislative and judicial issues, and the importance of research for people with disabilities. Part 1 concentrates on the early days of the disability movement and the birth of the Americans with Disabilities.
- Ed Roberts:
Independent Living Movement Leader Visit Website A brief history of Ed Roberts’ leadership and contributions to the Disability Rights Movement.