Alaska Disability History Exhibit

November 25, 2015 by richard

This online exhibition of 23 panels gives a detailed understanding of the history of disabled people. In the USA people with disabilities is the preferred term.
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Panel 1 – Disability has always been, and will likely always be, a part of the human condition.
Panel 2 – Religion has played an important role in providing basic services and shaping attitudes toward people with disabilities.
Panel 3 – Persons with disabilities are treated as social problems and public burdens.
Panel 4 – Disability becomes a medical issue requiring the services of trained professionals.
Panel 5 – A gradual understanding of science leads to new and often painful treatments for persons with disabilities.
Panel 6 – Social reform and new ideas in education offer opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
Panel 7 – The commitment to education and the quality of services decline with the increasing demand for institutional placement.
Panel 8 – The quality of services for persons with disabilities further declines with a growing suspicion of all people who are different.
Panel 9 – Persons with developmental disabilities are made scapegoats for many of society’s problems.
Panel 10 – Persons with disabilities – over 200,000 – are the first victims of the holocaust.
Panel 11 – Services slowly become available to persons with physical disabilities; many with developmental disabilities are largely forgotten and abandoned in institutions.
Panel 12 – Parents assert their leadership and begin to organize on behalf of children with disabilities.
Panel 13 – Advocacy by parents leads to increased funding, better community services, and larger institutions.
Panel 14 – Influenced by the civil and human rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, people with disabilities begin to fight for their rights.
Panel 15 – Disability is no longer limited to moral or medical definitions; it is now viewed by many as a social construct.
Panel 16 – People with disabilities face new opportunities and threats as America’s largest minority.\
Panel 17 – Persons with developmental disabilities advocate for themselves and others with disabilities, proclaiming “we are people first!”
Panel 18 – Thousands of self-advocates across the world speak for themselves and fight for social change.
Panel 19 – Activists remember the past and work to ensure that crimes and mistakes are not repeated.
Panel 20 – Naming and claiming who we are, where we come from, and where we want to go.
Panel 21 – Disability is an art. Disability is a unique way of life.
Panel 22 – Connection to a different time in history – Seeking Full Participation.
Panel 23 – Connection to a different time in history: Community Integration for Everyone.

Disabled women at Feminism in London 2015

November 6, 2015 by admin

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995: The campaign for civil rights

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From Scope:

November 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary since the Disability Discrimination Act became law in Britain. The law improved the lives of many disabled people and put anti-discrimination law on the statute book for disabled people.

However, it was the civil rights campaigners and activists who fought tirelessly to change the law that made this a remarkable moment in disability history.

We are marking this anniversary with a whole host of content on our website. Visit to find out more.

Photos courtesy of Baroness Campbell and Rachel Hurst.

Archive footage courtesy of ITN.

See  For an activist view that puts this celebration in A VRY DIFFERENT LIGHT.

Ian Stanton

September 17, 2015 by admin


From a series of posters for Birmingham City Council on the UK Disability Movement.

Jane Campbell

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From a series of posters for Birmingham City Council on the UK Disability Movement.

Paul Hunt

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From a series of posters for Birmingham City Council on the UK Disability Movement.

Vic Finkelstein

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We are not Objects of Pity

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From a series of posters for Birmingham City Council on the UK Disability Movement.


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From a series of posters for Birmingham City Council on the UK Disability Movement.

Disability history collections at The Children’s Society Archive

November 26, 2014 by richard

Here at the archive of The Children’s Society, we’ve kicked off UK Disability History Month by highlighting our disability history collections on our blog:

The blog post points towards the online resources we created during a project called Including the Excluded. This project focussed on our archives that relate to the care of disabled children over the past 130 years, with a catalogue of those records being produced as one of the results of the project.