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History of Disability: Online Exhibition from National Museum of American History

  • Published: 2013-06-26 (Revised/Updated 2015-03-31) : Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
  • Synopsis: EveryBody An Artifact History of Disability in America explores themes and events related to history of people with disabilities in the U.S. and offers a new perspective on American history.

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Quote: "Many stories and events related to people with disabilities never make it into the history books or shared public memories"

National Museum of American History Launches History of Disability Online Exhibition...

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will launch "EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America" to explore themes and events related to the history of people with disabilities in the U.S. and offer a new perspective on American history.

This online exhibition is a first-of-its-kind image compilation that provides access to objects and stories related to the history of disability that have been collected at the museum for more than 50 years.

The information is presented in English and Spanish, and the website is designed to be accessible to all users, including those using specialized software for vision or hearing impairments. All pages on the website follow federal accessibility guidelines, which are outlined on the site's Accessibility Statement page. The website is available at everybody.si.edu

"Many stories and events related to people with disabilities never make it into the history books or shared public memories," said Katherine Ott, curator of medical science at the museum. "Knowing this history deepens the understanding of the American experience and reveals how complicated history is."

The website explores such themes as identity and stereotypes; the importance of place, laws and legislation; home and daily life; technology, institutions and schools; eugenics; and work.

Featured objects include prosthetics, adapted kitchen utensils, activists' buttons and T-shirts, Section 504 (a federal law guaranteeing rights to persons with disabilities) protest artifacts, medical devices, text telephones for the deaf and Braille writers, wheelchairs, design plans for improving accessibility in public spaces and about 300 snapshots, tintypes and cabinet cards. Each image has descriptive detail.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history.

The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. It is currently renovating its west exhibition wing, developing galleries on business, democracy and culture.

The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

For more information, visit americanhistory.si.edu

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