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Disability History Resources

Disability History Curriculum

  • VT PRIDE - Disability History Curriculum
    for Elementary Schools
    Vermont's Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Disability Studies Education (PRIDE). A curriculum for grades K-4 offering a new perspective in Disability Studies.
  • VT PRIDE - Disability History Curriculum
    for Junior High / Middle Schools
    Vermont's Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Disability Studies Education (PRIDE). A curriculum for grades 5-8 offering a new perspective in Disability Studies.
  • VT PRIDE - Disability History Curriculum
    for High Schools
    Vermont's Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Disability Studies Education (PRIDE). A curriculum for high school students offering a new perspective in Disability Studies.
  • National Museum of American History -
    Disability Rights Movement Visit Website
    This exhibit physically existed in the gallery from July 2000 to July 2001. Now it is only available on the web. This Web site represents what a visitor to the museum would encounter when using one of the kiosks in the physical exhibition.
  • Zunal.com - Disability History Week Visit Website A Disability History Week Lesson Plan for grades 3-5.
  • Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement Visit Website This web site is using MediaWiki, the same software package that powers Wikipedia, to create a deep, easily navigable repository of information about Disability History to complement the rich multimedia presentations that are the backbone of the site.
  • History of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Visit Website Across the United States, nearly 6.6 million students with disabilities and their families rely on this law to ensure that they enjoy the same educational rights as all children. The initial law, Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), was signed into law on November 29, 1975, by then-President Gerald Ford. The IDEA guarantees access to a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to every child with a disability. Learn more about IDEA by downloading Thirty-five Years of Progress in Educating Children With Disabilities Through IDEA in PDF or Word format.
  • The National Consortium on Leadership
    and Disability for Youth:
    Disability History Guide and Timeline Visit Website
    This guide is designed to assist youth with and without disabilities to learn about the rich history of people with disabilities. Although designed primarily for youth and emerging leaders with disabilities, the guide can be used in multiple ways to educate a broader audience as well. Starting shortly before the United States was founded, the guide features examples of the remarkable diversity, creativity, and leadership that have shaped the disability community and American culture. Included is an interactive activity for use with groups to demonstrate societal and statutory events that have contributed to and continue to contribute to the true integration of people with disabilities in society. This guide is a new resource for the growing national movement to have disability history taught in the public schools and community-based organizations.
  • Action for Access Changing Perceptions of
    Disability in American Life Visit Website
    The Missouri History Museum has launched a website which offers in-depth information on the early years of the Disability Rights Movement and the Independent Living Movement, passage of the ADA, life after the ADA, and the continuing battle to raise awareness and overcome barriers. The site also offers activities for children, parents, and educators.

Disability History Videos

  • 35th Anniversary of IDEA Video
    (Captioned) Watch Video
    This video was put together to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of IDEA (Captioned).
  • 35th Anniversary of IDEA Video
    (Captioned & Audio Description) Watch Video
    This video was put together to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of IDEA (Captioned & Audio Description).
  • Disability History Week in Schools Video Watch Video This video was created by youth with disabilities that attended a Northern California Disability History Summit. Hear in their words why they think disability history should be taught in schools.
  • My Country Video Documentaries Visit Website Symphony conductor James DePreist, who contracted polio as a young man, profiles three people with disabilities whose lives have been shaped by the struggle for equal rights. He draws parallels between racial barriers and the barriers faced by people with disabilities.
  • The Power of 504 Watch Video This is Award-winning 18-minute documentary video, which captures the drama and emotions of the historic civil rights demonstration of people with disabilities in 1977, resulting in the signing of the 504 Regulations, the first Federal Civil Rights Law protecting people with disabilities. This includes contemporary news footage and news interviews with participants and demonstration leaders. Available in open caption, audio descriptive and standard format.
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