Disability Social History Project

Interesting Stuff on the Web

Nazi disabled victims memorial unveiled in Berlin

From the BBC, September 2, 2014:

A glass monument has been publicly opened in Berlin to 300,000 victims of the Nazis with mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses.

The 24m-long (80ft) blue, glass wall is in front of the Berlin Philharmonie building, where the office housing the Nazi "euthanasia" programme once stood.

It is the fourth monument in the German capital to victims of the Nazis.

In the past 10 years, memorials have been erected to Jewish, Roma (Gypsy) and gay victims. (Read more)

The dwarves of Auschwitz

From the March 22, 2013 edition of The Guardian, a story of a family of dwarves snatched from the gas chamber by Josef Mengele.

The Olimpias Performance Research Projects

The Olimpias is an artists' collective and a performance research series. The artists explore art/life, cross-genre participatory practices, arts for social change and disability culture work.

Disability History Images on Flickr:

  • Blind man hearing light ( Nationaal Archief)
  • Piano for the bedridden ( Nationaal Archief)
  • Images from William H. Johnson who was an African-American printmaker who experienced mental illness and was institutionalized for the last twentythree years of his life. (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Harri Bach, Bodedern” - a photograph by John Thomas, c1875, depicting a bearded man using a crutch or cane and a “peg-leg” prosthesis, posted next to a donkey cart in the street. (National Library of Wales)

H-Madness is intended as a resource for scholars interested in the history of madness, mental illness and their treatment (including the history of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and clinical psychology and social work).  

It's Our Story – a national initiative to make disability history public and accessible – over 1,000 video interviews from disability leaders across the country.

Polio Oral History Project - the American West Center at the University of Utah is developing an oral history record of Polio survivors and clinicians who treated Polio.

Disability History Week Campaign - from YO! Youth Organizing Disabled and Proud

Listen to Ever Lee Hairston's speech at the conference of the National Federation of the Blind of California in October 2009

My Whole Expanse I Cannot See… – the blog of Michael Phillips, a writer from Tampa, FL. who doesn’t walk nor breathe without the assistance of machines.

Books and Articles on Disability History

VanHole, Nick. “Shared Consciousness: A Social History of Tourette Syndrome and its Treatments.” University of Montana, 2012. (Download a PDF of the thesis) - This original history tracks how the shared public circumstances and treatment choices of people with tics and Tourette syndrome have changed over time and draws historical significance from the increasing practice of complementary and alternative therapies in recent years.

Marcus, Neil. Special Effects: Advances in Neurology
More than a document of the early days of the disability rights movement, Neil Marcus' collection Special Effects: Advances in Neurology is also a window into California zine culture of the 1980s. Art in revolution: social justice, the human growth movement, art in the everyday. From flourishing dystopia to speech storms, Neil documents living artfully in Berkeley, California, and in Disability Country. Publication Studio is proud to present this collection of reprinted documents with a new forward by Melanie Yergeau and an interview by Esther Ehrlich.

Book cover: Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media, by Beth A. Haller, Ph.D.Haller, Beth. Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media. Advocado Press, 2010.


Disabled Women: Visions and Voices from the 4th World Conference on Women

Disability Projects on the Web

Education for Disability and Gender Equity, a high school curriculum incorporating disability and gender issues into humanities and science

THE CHAIR: Holocaust Memorial to Disabled People

"With our hearts let us see, with your hands let us break every chain. Then, indeed, shall we know a better and nobler humanity."
- Helen Keller

"Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or 'courage in the face of adversity'... disability is an art. It's an ingenious way to live."
- Neil Marcus


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