History

Portrait of the Whole Person Project

Wednesday, April 24, 2013Bertschi School, in partnership with Disability Rights Washington, presents PORTRAIT OF THE WHOLE PERSON to celebrate disability history and culture. Through the art show, we hope to heighten awareness of the disability rights movement and culture with the broader community.…

FDR: A debated legacy

Wednesday, April 24, 2013In which ways was FDR's disability kept quiet during his presidency? a. FDR tried to hide his disability from the public during press conferences and speeches. b. FDR limited the photos that were taken while he was in his wheelchair. c. Both of the above. d. Neither of the above. Click on the headline above for the answer and more details.

Olmstead v. L.C.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013Two women known as L.C. and E.W. requested a discharge from a Georgia State Regional Hospital in Atlanta where they had voluntarily housed in the psychiatric unit for some time. This led to a lawsuit and the U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Olmstead. When was Olmstead decided? 1993, 1995,1999 or 2000. Click on the headline above for the answer and more details.

Portrait of the Whole Person: Paintings & Biographies

Monday, May 21, 2012Bertschi School, in partnership with Disability Rights Washington, presents PORTRAIT OF THE WHOLE PERSON to celebrate disability history and culture. Through the art show, we hope to heighten awareness of the disability rights movement and culture with the broader community.…

Forced sterilization of persons with disabilities in Washington state

Sunday, May 13, 2012 A crime against motherhood”:  A Mother’s Day op-ed in the L.A. Times written by the daughter of a Washington State University Librarian who was involuntarily sterilized immediately after she gave birth to her first baby in 1972 because…

Alicia Alonsa Martinez, Cuban Ballerina

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Alicia Alonso Martinez
Alicia Alonso Martinez is a well-known ballerina. It is staggering that she can still be a ballerina even though her disability is being a practically blind person. Alicia was born on December 21, 1920 in Havana, Cuba.…

Harold John Russell, Actor and Veteran Activist

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Harold John Russell
Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts after his father died in 1919. When training in paratroopers at camp MacKall NC on June 6th, 1944, the TNT he…

Lewis Carrol, Author, Mathematician, Logician, etc.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Lewis Carroll
Born 27th of January, 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, or otherwise known as Lewis Carrol, was a famous English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. He is most loved by many people, including me, because of his classic…

Ed Roberts, Disability Rights Leader

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Edward Verne Roberts: 1939-1995
Edward was the first student with a big disability to attend to University of California, Berkeley. He was the leader of disability rights movement. After getting polio as a teenager, he had problems breathing and breathed…

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