History

Olmstead turns 16

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Notorious RBG
The Supreme Court’s most celebrated decision upholding the rights of people with disabilities is now 16 years old, and its impact is being felt more strongly than ever. Historically, people with disabilities have been locked up in…

Portrait of the Whole Person: Biographies and Paintings, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015Bertschi School, in partnership with Disability Rights Washington, presents the 2015 Portrait of the Whole Person: Paintings and Biographies, to celebrate disability history and culture. Through the art show, we hope to heighten awareness of the disability rights movement and culture within the broader community.

Disability History Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 29, 2014DisAbility Rights Galaxy is proud to present a slice of disability history every Wednesday throughout October. Articles, discussion questions, video summaries and video quizzes offer a varied media approach to disability history, designed to promote discussion and insight in classrooms.…

Freak shows: A dehumanizing display

Wednesday, October 29, 2014Question: True or False? Freak shows have gone extinct in the United States of America. Click on the headline above to see the answer to the question, and to learn more about "freak shows" in the United States.

Possibilities increase each year for people with Down syndrome

Wednesday, October 22, 2014Question: True or False: Historically in the United States, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, have had high levels of educational, employment and social opportunities. To see the answer to this question and to learn more about opportunities for people with Down syndrome, click the title above.

The horrifying truth uncovered: Willowbrook State School

Wednesday, October 15, 2014Question: True or False? Willowbrook State School closed within a year of Geraldo Rivera’s 1972 investigative report that exposed terrible mistreatment of residents with disabilities. Click on the headline to see the answer, and to learn more about Willowbrook State School.

Clifford Beers: The mind that sparked the mental health reform movement

Wednesday, October 8, 2014Question: What kinds of mistreatment do you think were common in early 20th century mental health institutions in the United States? A. Forced restraint B. Physical beatings C. Forced mental health treatment D. Lack of water/living space E. All of the above Click on the title above to see the answer and to learn more about Clifford Beers and mental health reform.

Disability and competitive athletics

Wednesday, October 1, 2014Welcome to DisAbility History Awareness Month. Look for a new history article every Wednesday. And to get your mind engaged, here's our first quiz: Question: The first Special Olympics event was held in Chicago in 1968. In what year did the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognize and endorse Special Olympics in a signed agreement? A. 1970 B. 1976 C. 1982 D. 1988. To see the answer, and to learn more about the history of competitive athletics for people with disabilities, click on the headline above.

Words that hurt: “Lame”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
“Lame”
According to Merriam-Webster, “lame” is an adjective that means “having an injured leg or foot that makes walking difficult or painful; not strong, good, or effective; not smart or impressive.” Originally the word lame was used to describe people

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