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Disability History Resources
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.
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.
Independent Living Movement Leader Visit Website A brief history of Ed Roberts' leadership and contributions to the Disability Rights Movement.
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.
Disability History Curriculum
VT PRIDE - Disability History Curriculum
for Elementary Schools Vermont's Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Disability Studies Education (PRIDE). A curriculum for grades K-4 offering a new perspective in Disability Studies.
VT PRIDE - Disability History Curriculum
for Junior High / Middle Schools Vermont's Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Disability Studies Education (PRIDE). A curriculum for grades 5-8 offering a new perspective in Disability Studies.
VT PRIDE - Disability History Curriculum
for High Schools Vermont's Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Disability Studies Education (PRIDE). A curriculum for high school students offering a new perspective in Disability Studies.
National Museum of American History -
Disability Rights Movement Visit Website This exhibit physically existed in the gallery from July 2000 to July 2001. Now it is only available on the web. This Web site represents what a visitor to the museum would encounter when using one of the kiosks in the physical exhibition.
- Zunal.com - Disability History Week Visit Website A Disability History Week Lesson Plan for grades 3-5.
- Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement Visit Website This web site is using MediaWiki, the same software package that powers Wikipedia, to create a deep, easily navigable repository of information about Disability History to complement the rich multimedia presentations that are the backbone of the site.
- History of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Visit Website Across the United States, nearly 6.6 million students with disabilities and their families rely on this law to ensure that they enjoy the same educational rights as all children. The initial law, Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), was signed into law on November 29, 1975, by then-President Gerald Ford. The IDEA guarantees access to a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to every child with a disability. Learn more about IDEA by downloading Thirty-five Years of Progress in Educating Children With Disabilities Through IDEA in PDF or Word format.
The National Consortium on Leadership
and Disability for Youth:
Disability History Guide and Timeline Visit Website This guide is designed to assist youth with and without disabilities to learn about the rich history of people with disabilities. Although designed primarily for youth and emerging leaders with disabilities, the guide can be used in multiple ways to educate a broader audience as well. Starting shortly before the United States was founded, the guide features examples of the remarkable diversity, creativity, and leadership that have shaped the disability community and American culture. Included is an interactive activity for use with groups to demonstrate societal and statutory events that have contributed to and continue to contribute to the true integration of people with disabilities in society. This guide is a new resource for the growing national movement to have disability history taught in the public schools and community-based organizations.
Action for Access Changing Perceptions of
Disability in American Life Visit Website The Missouri History Museum has launched a website which offers in-depth information on the early years of the Disability Rights Movement and the Independent Living Movement, passage of the ADA, life after the ADA, and the continuing battle to raise awareness and overcome barriers. The site also offers activities for children, parents, and educators.
Disability History and Awareness:
A Resource Guide for Missouri Download PDF This resource guide was developed to help Missouri school districts promote Disability History and Awareness Week. The guide contains promotional ideas, activities, and resources designed to expand students’ knowledge, understanding, and awareness of individuals with disabilities and disability rights history.
- Disability History Museum Visit Website This website hosts materials that are designed to integrate topics in disability history with larger themes addressed in secondary and higher education course work in U.S. History, American Studies, Civics, Government, and Law. Lessons are designed to stand alone, but they are also organized into themed clusters with each lesson approaching the main topic from a different perspective.
- Equal Treatment Equal Access Visit Website Anti-Defamation League Anti-bias Lesson Plans and Resources for K-12, this curriculum is focused on raising awareness about people with disabilities and their struggle for equal rights.
EDGE: Education for
Disability & Gender Equity Visit Website This web experience was designed specifically for high school students. You can choose one of the four topics on the left. The course shows you interesting facts and ideas about sciences and humanities that look at men and women and disability.
- Museum of disAbility History Visit Website This is a website designed for teachers to find various resources for your classroom including lesson plans, glossaries, activities, and educational information related to Disability History.
The Disability History Project Visit Website Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project is a four hour documentary radio series about the shared experience of people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century.
- Disability Studies for Teachers Visit Website This website contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.
- History Through Deaf Eyes Visit Website The "DEAF EYES" project at Gallaudet University was established to bring Deaf history to the public and expand our understanding of United States history. The project is multi-faceted and includes an Exhibition: "History Through Deaf Eyes", a Documentary Film: "Through Deaf Eyes", a Book - Through Deaf Eyes: "A Photographic History of an American Community", a Poster Series and a DVD: "By Necessity and By Choice: How We Communicate".
- The History of Helen Keller Visit Website Helen Keller worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for more than 40 years. She was born on June 27, 1880. Deaf and blind from infancy, Keller played a leading role in most of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the 20th century. Throughout her lifetime (1880-1968) she worked unceasingly to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
People with Disabilities:
Victims of The Nazi Era Visit Website Brochure published by the Holocaust Memorial Museum describing the Nazi treatment of people with disabilities from 1933-1945. Between 200,000 and 250,000 people with mental and physical disabilities were murdered under the code name Operation T4.
- History of Blindness Visit Website The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, Summary of the History of the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind.
History of the Americans
with Disabilities Act Visit Website Lex Frieden talks with John Wodatch, both men were integral in the development of the Americans with Disabilities Act and in this recording, they talk about how it came about and others that were involved in the fight against disability discrimination.
Disability History Videos
35th Anniversary of IDEA Video
(Captioned) Watch Video This video was put together to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of IDEA (Captioned).
35th Anniversary of IDEA Video
(Captioned & Audio Description) Watch Video This video was put together to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of IDEA (Captioned & Audio Description).
- Disability History Week in Schools Video Watch Video This video was created by youth with disabilities that attended a Northern California Disability History Summit. Hear in their words why they think disability history should be taught in schools.
- My Country Video Documentaries Visit Website Symphony conductor James DePreist, who contracted polio as a young man, profiles three people with disabilities whose lives have been shaped by the struggle for equal rights. He draws parallels between racial barriers and the barriers faced by people with disabilities.
- The Power of 504 Watch Video This is Award-winning 18-minute documentary video, which captures the drama and emotions of the historic civil rights demonstration of people with disabilities in 1977, resulting in the signing of the 504 Regulations, the first Federal Civil Rights Law protecting people with disabilities. This includes contemporary news footage and news interviews with participants and demonstration leaders. Available in open caption, audio descriptive and standard format.
- Disabled Young Peoples Collective Video Watch Video This video was created by The Disabled Young People's Collective (DYP). Use this video to embed on your website or organization's website.
- ADA Signing Ceremony Watch Video This video documents the speech given by President George H. W. Bush when he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26, 1990. In the video, President Bush speaks to a huge audience of activists, Congressional supporters, people with disabilities, and their families and friends gathered on the south lawn of the White House.
It's Our Story - Follow Along on Our Journey to
Free Our Voice Visit Website Videos From grass roots to grass tops, 1000 videos of people with disabilities from across America.
- Disability Culture Rap Watch Video Enjoy this historical, yet stylistic, video interpretation of disability history and it's culture.
How to Put the FAIR Education Act
into Action Watch Video Learn about the FAIR Education Act, and how you can work with local school districts to help determine what and how disability history is taught the schools in your community.