History

The Lessard decision forty years later

Thursday, December 15, 2011In a recent special report, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel took a look at developments since the Supreme Court’s Schmidt v. Lessard case, a seminal decision that rewrote the standards for when a person can be committed to a mental…

PBS tackles ADA history

Sunday, October 16, 2011Imagine being committed to a mental hospital before any laws or regulations were in place to advocate for you.  Intuitively you have “a powerful conviction that something was fundamentally wrong”, says a pioneer of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…

The Ugly Laws: Disability In Public

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Ugly Laws
The Ugly Laws: Disability In Public, by Susan M. Schweik is, according to the author herself in the book’s introduction, “about American ways of identifying, representing, knowing, correcting, and disciplining the ‘unsightly beggar.'” More specifically, this…

Air Carrier Access Act

Tuesday, September 6, 2011True or False: 1. The Air Carrier Access Act was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. 2. The Air Carrier Access Act was made necessary by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. Department of Transportation v. Paralyzed Veterans of America. Click on the headline above for answers.

A look into the history of the eugenics movement

Sunday, June 5, 2011The Annals of Human Genetics has, for the first time, opened its archives to its early history as a propagator of the since-discredited eugenics movement. Though the eugenics movement is regularly associated with the Nazi’s scientific experiments on the Jewish…

“Three Generations, No Imbeciles”

Sunday, June 5, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court Building
Three Generations No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell
by Paul Lombardo is a thoroughly researched and detailed account of the people, politics and history of the 1927 supreme court case Buck v.Bell,…

The origin of Braille

Sunday, June 5, 2011“Access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge, and that is vitally important for us if we are not to go on being despised or patronized by condescending sighted people. We do not need pity, nor do

“Encyclopedia of American Disability History”

Sunday, May 29, 2011 
Young man at a library
There are some books and/or resources that belong in every public library. We plan on using the “library advocacy” feature to identify some of them. We hope you will check to see if your…

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