Raise Awareness with Disability History
By Tai of Allsup
How much do you know about the history of disabilities in the U.S.? Now is your chance to learn even more.
Disability advocates throughout the country are rallying to establish Disability History Week in all 50 states. The goal is to promote understanding and awareness of the disability rights movement.
If all goes according to plan, states will require schools to offer disability-related lessons and activities in their curriculum. Many states already designate the third week of October as Disability History Week. October also is National Disability Awareness Month.
The examination of disability history in America reveals many compelling stories.
The online Museum of Disability History is an excellent place to discover those stories on your own. This website provides a virtual walk-through that takes you down the many avenues of disability. The subjects of disability in media, medicine, sports and society are explored.
Interactive timelines and photographs show a fascinating world of disability through history. It’s an entertaining and interesting way to gain insight on how individuals with disabilities, and society’s response to them, have impacted our culture.
Find other online resources at the Disability History Week and the Disability History Museum websites. These online museums and websites provide great resources to highlight and educate others about people with disabilities’ and their experiences through time.
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