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Disability History

Disability History Museum, with a goal to expand knowledge and understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities in the United States, has recently made thousands of disability stories and facts available in their online library.

New Sign Disability Rights Movement Smithsonian: National Museum of American History 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.

Disability Social History Project offers a Disability History Timeline, from 3500 BC to the present with entries from around the world as well as links to other disability rights movement timelines and other disability experiences timelines.

New Sign EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America is an online exhibit presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Visitors will browse through digitized galleries on everything from the evolution of the hearing aid and other communication devices to the people that were part of the movement.

It's Our Story is a fully accessible online database of personal testimonials and oral histories provided by individuals with disabiliites over the last several decades. The collection of testimonials, known as the "Discrimination Diaries", was started in the 1980s by Justin Dart Jr., a disability advocate who played a pivitol role in the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. After Mr. Dart's passing, a gentleman named Scott Cooper continued this journey with a video camera, capturing "oral histories" from more than one thousand disability advocates in more than 100 cities across the United States. Now, theses diaries and oral histories have been brought together in a database that will serve as our nation's single most significant collection of primary source records of the disability experience.

Timeline of disability rights in the United States by Wikipedia follows the civil rights of people with disabilities since 1776 to the present including court decisions, the passage of legislation, activists' actions, significant abuses of people with disabilities that illustrate their lack of civil rights at the time, and the founding of various organizations.

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