by Nick Delehanty
"The Skilcraft pen is indeed more than a pen. It’s the physical embodiment of New Deal social policies; it’s the product of disabled people’s labor, labor which has long been a site of contestation."
SOURCE: New York Times
Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone was, a new biographer argues, an adjunct to his passion for "oralism," a movement to encourage deaf people to speak and to reject sign language, a commitment that appears oppressive and intolerant from the perspective of the modern disability movement.
While disability activists won a battle to have FDR portrayed in a wheelchair in his memorial, there have been ongoing problems with the site's design and layout including braille markers that are decorative rather than legible.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
by Elizabeth A. Nelson, Emily S. Beckman, and Modupe Labode
Therapist Lisa Freeman bucked the authorities of an Indiana psychiatric hospital to advocate for the right of residents to have consensual sex and sex education. Her work shows the ways that paternalistic values are embedded in state treatment of people with disabilities.
by Olivia B. Waxman
As captioning advocate Philip Bravin puts it, whenever people “watch captions in noisy environments such as gyms and bars, they have the deaf community to thank.”
SOURCE: NY Times
by Jonathan M. Stein
The Trump administration’s Social Security proposal would repeat one of Ronald Reagan’s most damaging mistakes.
SOURCE: New York Times
by Kenny Fries
Too few know the history of the Nazi methodical mass murder of disabled people. That is why I write.
SOURCE: The Activist History Review
Remembering The Ad Hoc Committee for Handicapped Access (AHCHA): Against Erasure of Disability History At the University Of Chicago
by Steph Ban
"The irony of placing a reminder of disability history in a stairwell does not escape me nor does it surprise me."
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