Portrait of the Whole Person Project

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.…

Ray Charles, Singer and Composer

Friday, April 27, 2012Ray Charles was born 1930 and died in the year 2004. Charles is known as a musician and jazz singer. Ray Charles’ disability was that he is blind. Charles sadly got blind when he was six from glaucoma. His mother…

Lauren Potter, Actress & Disability Rights Activist

Friday, April 27, 2012Lauren Potter was born May 10th,1990 with intellectual disabilities and Down’s Syndrome. She is best known for her role as a girl named Becky Jackson on a show named Glee. In November 2011 President Barack Obama chose Lauren to be…

Catherine Zeta Jones, Singer, Dancer, & Actress

Thursday, April 26, 2012Catherine Zeta Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales. She was named after her grandmothers: Catherine Fair on her mother’s side and Zeta Jones on her father’s side. Dai Jones, her father who speaks Welsh, was…

Alicia Alonsa Martinez, Cuban Ballerina

Thursday, April 26, 2012Alicia 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. She is now…

Ginny Ruffner, Glass Artist

Thursday, April 26, 2012Who is Ginny? Ginny is an internationally known glass artist. She was born in 1952, now she is about 60 years old. Her work is contemporary. About 20 years ago, she was in a terrible car accident and the other…

Harold John Russell, Actor and Veteran Activist

Thursday, April 26, 2012Harold 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 was using exploded…

Lewis Carrol, Author, Mathematician, Logician, etc.

Thursday, April 26, 2012Born 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 book, Alice’s…

Ed Roberts, Disability Rights Leader

Thursday, April 26, 2012Edward 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 in a respirator. He…

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