An Artifact History of Disability in America

W44-2From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History:

People with disabilities have been present throughout American history

This online display includes a variety of images as well as a timeline provided by Temple University:

Temple University: Disability Rights Timeline  & Further Historical Resources

Dr. Wolf Wolfensperger gave a two day symposium at Millersville University in Pennsylvania a number of years back in which he details, with pictures and vivid description, the evolution of human services, including those to persons with disability. The path from early Christian efforts to secular and modern efforts has not been a tale of continuous progress. In fact, until recently it has been a horror story. And Dr. Wolfensperger concludes by noting continuing deficiencies and issuing a dire warning in light of societal trends. This video series is many hours long, but it is an eye-opener:

A History of Human Services, Universal Lessons, and Future Implications (a video series)

 

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