History of Disability

Beyond Affliction

Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project is a four hour documentary radio series about the shared experience of people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century. This web site includes excerpts from the Shows as well as many of the primary source documents -- extended interviews, images, and tests--from which the on-air programs were developed.

Disability History Museum

A site with fascinating historical information about people who experience disabilities and the ways in which our culture has pushed them "out of sight and out of mind."   

Living In a Desert World

Roland Johnson, born in Philadelphia and court-ordered to Pennhurst State School as a child, gives a chilling account of his harrowing journey through what he calls a "desert world" - and finally back to the world the rest of us live in.  By the time of his accidental death in 1994 he'd become a respected speaker and influential leader in the movemtn of the stature of Fredrick Douglass or Martin Luther King, Jr.  (Transcribed by Karl Williams).  $20 + $3 shipping and handling.  See the Green Street Records web site for ordering information.

No Pity

Joe Shapiro's 1994 book "No Pity" traces the civil rights movement for people with disabilities.  The Disability Rag writes, "A powerful and engaging book.  It's a must read for anyone who wants to understand the disability rights movement."

Available in local bookstores and through Amazon.com.

Parallels In Time

Developed by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, "Parallels in Time (Parts One and Two)" is a fascinating historical perspective of disability.  But be careful, parts of it will break your heart.  And there's much, much more at the Governor's Council site!

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