Disability Social History Project

Resources on the Web

Art & Culture

Albinism in Popular Culture - The purpose of this site is to explore the mythology of albinism, to take an in-depth look at the various ways in which this unique trait has been perceived and presented.

Art from the Mind's Eye - Lisa Fittipaldi, blind painter

Arts Unbound – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide arts education, skills building and a variety of vocational opportunities in the visual arts to youth and adults with mental, developmental and physical disabilities.

Blind Man At Large - A BBC Radio 4 series with journalist Peter White - is typical of White's wish to challenge any politically correct po-faced patronising around disability. Much to the annoyance of some disabled folk, he likes to play with the idea of blindness.

Breath & Shadow - A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Disabled and Proud - "A celebration of our power, a celebration of our potential, and a celebration of our PRIDE as people with Disabilities"

Ouch - Disability from a fresh angle featuring interviews, discussion and the occasional quiz.

Lemonade Factory - A small press. Publisher of works by Mark O'Brien and Robert Mauro. Interesting links to disability sites on art and culture.

The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is the national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability.

The National Disability Arts Forum - Established in 1990 to foster equality of opportunity for disabled people in all aspects of the arts.

Neil Marcus, award-winning playwright, actor, poet, and performance artist, has a collection of videos on Vimeo that he has produced.

OUTSIDE-CENTRE - conceptual art from an innovative arts partnership, exploring difference and otherness across academic disciplines

Picture This - a film festival that celebrates disability culture

Raw Vision Magazine - Magazine covering outsider art.

Ricardo Gil Photography - Ricardo is a dwarf, as his wife, and they are raising their average-size daughter. His photographs document with a frank, tender eye his perspective of the world.

Roaring Girl Productions is a creative media projects company based in Bristol run by Liz Crow, an award-winning disabled filmmaker. She has produced films on Frieda Kahlo and Helen Keller, among other subjects.

VSA Arts - an International organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities.

World Health Organization's photo competition on "disability and health" - winning entries

Blind Stuff

Fred's Head from APH: contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people. On Thursdays, the blog cites an event in blind history.

How we Read: A Sensory History of Books for Blind People - an exhibition of assistive technologies designed to help blind people read.

Seeing Beyond Sight book cover

IN TOUCH WITH KNOWLEDGE: The Educational History of Blind People

National Federation of the Blind


The Angry Gimp - My arms are really strong, whoopadee doo!

aspie rhetor - I am an assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan. My academic interests include rhetoric and composition, digital media, and disability studies. I'm autistic, and I protest Autism Speaks walks whenever I can. Here's a primer on why Autism Speaks = epic fail. I previously served on the ASAN board of directors and currently serve on the board of AutCom.

Blind Insight - my sight wanes; my insight waxes

Crip Chronicles - I am crip, hear me roar, curse, whine and laugh, evilly - Tweaking how people think about disabilities.

Stairlift Advice - Impartial advice for disabled or elderly looking to regain independence in their own home with a domestic stairlift or through-floor-lift.

Crip Commentary - News and views on disability rights, disability culture, daily life, world events and much more

Deaf Blogs - decentralizing deaf cyberspace

Disability and Representation - Changing the Cultural Conversation. On this site, Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg shares her reflections on readings, analyzes representations of disability in textual and visual media, and looks at ideas for creating counter-representations that interrupt mainstream narratives.

Disability Blog - a blog about disability issues

Disability Law - Periodic updates on developments in disability law and related fields.

Disability Rants – Step in and read some of my trials and tribulations of life as a wheelchair user. Agree, disagree, offer advice, condolences, congratulations, irate responses, laughter, similar experiences... whatever! It's all welcome!

E. is for Epilepsy – by Paula Apodaca – "There is a lot to say about experiencing E., so my blog isn't about treatments or surgical techniques. It isn't a blog to explain E. to you or to showcase the newest drugs for seizure control. It is the beginning of a new way of communicating about epilepsy with an emphasis on the social and cultural elements of epilepsy: discrimination, bigotry, art, literature, history, law and much more."

The Fabulous Adventures of a Four-Legged Woman - This blog is on disability, parenting and lots of thoughtful, raw, juicy stuff in between.

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).

Life Support – by writer and activist Laura Hershey, hosted on the web site of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. "...this blog itself will support life as a political right and as a topic of interest to people with disabilities. As a grassroots health care rights organization once proclaimed, we do have "lives worthy of life," and should not be denied treatment based on either cost concerns or on society's discriminatory attitudes."

A Little Moxie - by Meriah Nichols who describes herself: "I am deaf. I also have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder not that long ago. ... Our daughter Moxie has Down syndrome. Between her and I, disability is a part of our family, much like culture/race is in other families. It's a part of our story."

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.

No Pity - A Community for People with Disabilities' Journal

Not Dead Yet – by Research Analyst Stephen Drake – dealing mainly with issues of assisted suicide and people with disabilities

Parents with Disabilities - musings about media, law, culture and other issues affecting parents with disabilities by Denver lawyer Carrie Lucas

Tactile the World - journal by Christine Amanda Roschaert who has Usher Syndrome Type I and is deaf-blind.

uppity disability dot net - Disability culture, politics and art, since 1995.

Disability Studies

About Disability - maintained by Anthony Tusler, includes the The New Paradigm of Disability - A Bibliography, as well as other resouces.

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies - a consumer-directed, university affiliated centre dedicated to research, education and information dissemination on disability issues.

Center on Human Policy (CHP) - a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities.

Centre for Disability Studies - an interdisciplinary centre for teaching and research in the field of disability studies at the University of Leeds (England).

Disability Research Institute - at the College of Applied Life Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Collection - Oral Histories collected by UC Berkeley

Disability Studies in the Humanities - for those interested and involved in disability studies across the broad range of humanities scholarship, not just American Studies.

Disability World - A bimonthly web-zine of international disability news and views

H-Disability - H-Disability is a scholarly discussion group that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the experience and phenomenon of 'disability.'

History of Disabilities and Social Problems - by Gary Woodill, represents the results of an extensive library search undertaken in 1987-1988 as part of his research on the history of disabilities and special education.

The Review of Disability Studies - From the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in order to address the need for an internationally-focused academic journal in the field of Disability Studies.

Society for Disability Studies - a nonprofit scientific and educational organization established to promote interdisciplinary research on humanistic and social scientific aspects of disability and chronic illness.

Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Disability

Bent - a journal of cripgay voices.

Colin Kennedy Donovan - Radical Queer (Dis)ability Activist and Writer

History and Culture - Deaf

American School for the Deaf (ASD) is the oldest school for deaf people in the United States and is also the birthplace of American Sign Language (ASL).

British Deaf History Society - celebration of, and promoting, Deaf people's history.

DeafBlind People in History - from Minnesota's Online Resource about Combined Vision and Hearing Loss


Deafness - History - from About.com - articles about deaf historic figures, events in deaf history, history of sign language, and links to information about deaf history.

History Through Deaf Eyes - Gallaudet University is developing a traveling social history exhibition about deaf Americans.

Signs of Development in Deaf South & South-West Asia: histories, cultural identities, resistance to cultural imperialism, M. Miles (West Midlands, UK), Independent Living Institute

Sound and Fury - Deaf history and culture from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS)

History - General Disability

Additional information on National Public Radio's web site.

Against Their Will: North Carolina's Sterilization Program - lots of interesting information. Unfortunately, the site does not adhere to accessibility standards.

America's War On The Disabled: 1975-1992: (A History of the Social Security Disability Reviews of the 1980's) by Tennise Broeck Morse - one copy of the book is free to all.

American Printing House for the Blind - Museum: Contains the first book for blind people, a collection of mechanical Braille writers, and a web video, "Breaking the Code: A Journey into the Educational History of Blind People," among other items.

Berkeley Leads - The Berkeley Historical Society featured this exhibit from April to October 1997 on the history of the disability rights movement, which began in Berkeley, CA, in the 1960s.

Disability History Association - an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, the history of individuals or groups with disabilities, perspectives on disability, representations/ constructions of disability, policy and practice history, teaching, theory, and Disability and related social and civil rights movements.

Disability History Museum - to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories.

Disability Rights Movement - exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

End of Polio - includes a history timeline of Polio, and black and white photos by Sebasti?o Salgado

Eugenics Archives - Image archive on the American Eugenics Movement

German Disability History – Sebastian Bartsch has recently launched a German-language wiki-style website on disability history.

German Epilepsy Museum Kork - museum for epilepsy and the history of epilepsy.

H-Disability - a scholarly discussion group that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the experience and phenomenon of 'disability.' H-Disability was established in response to the growing academic interest and expanding scholarly literature on issues of disability throughout the world.

History of the ADA - a movement perspective by Arlene Mayerson, 1992.

How Braille Began - a history of the development of Braille.

In Touch with Knowledge - The Educational History of Blind People

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.

Museum of disABILITY HISTORY - dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts pertaining to the history of people with disabilities. From People-Inc.

The Polio History Pages

Polio Oral History Project - In an effort to document the social and cultural history of Polio locally – especially the course, treatment and long-term outcomes of Polio victims – the American West Center at the University of Utah is developing an oral history record of Polio survivors and clinicians who treated Polio.

Public Disability History - Presenting Disability Histories | Disability Histories for the Present

Special Education - the history of special education.

Talking Back to Psychiatry: Resistant Identities in the Psychiatric Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient Movement, a PhD dissertation by Linda Joy Morrison, March 2003

Texas Governor's Committee Disability History Resources - collects information about the history of Texans with disabilities.



The Long Road to a Brighter Future: Can news and information pave the way to a better life for people with disabilities in China?, Medium, September 16, 2015

Information is Critical for People with Disabilities: Disabled Somalis fight to get their voices heard in a country fraught with challenges, Medium, March 19, 2015

Blogs & websites

Crip Commentary - Laura Hershey's web column plus Crip Critic, reviewing films with disability themes, and her poetry.

Disability Films - This site presents a detailed list of 2,500 feature films which involve in one way or another various disabilities.

Disability Grapevine - free, online daily newspaper that publishes stories and articles about disability issues.

Disability Nation - an audio magazine by and for people with disabilities.

Disability Radio Worldwide - For the first time in history, the experiences of people with disabilities can be heard on radio and Internet around the world.

Images of Disability — The aim of Images of Disability is for disabled people to be included in UK advertising and publicity in the same way that people of various ages, races and genders are.

In Touch — A BBC Radio series with journalist Peter White - News, views and information for people who are blind or partially-sighted.

Media & Disability – Increasing and improving portrayal of people with disabilities in the media (created with support of the European Commission)

National Center on Disability and Journalism - educating to improve fairness, accuracy and diversity of news reporting on disability.

On A Roll - talk radio on life and disability.

Ouch! ...it's a disability thing — Actor Mat Fraser and comedian Liz Carr now have a podcast of their monthly disability talk show.

Ragged Edge magazine - the best in today's writing and thinking about our most "ragged edge" issues: assisted suicide, long-term care, rights, access.

Nazi Germany & Euthanasia

BBC - Nazi 'euthanasia' children buried - More than 800 children, mainly mentally and physically disabled, perished in the Spiegelgrund Children's Hospital in Vienna during World War II.

eDionysus - Cardinal Clemens von Galen "Against Nazi Euthanasia" - This is an excerpt of the sermon by Catholic Cardinal Clemens von Galen, delivered on Sunday, August 3, 1941, in Münster Cathedral, in which he risked his life by openly condemning the Nazi euthanasia program.

Jewish Virtual Library - the T-4 Euthanasia Program

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The Murder of the Handicapped

Useless Eaters – Disability as Genocidal Marker in Nazi Germany - from Regent University

People of Color with Disabilities

Disability and Ex-Slave Narratives - research on how the slaves and their owners dealt with and felt about disabilities that occurred among the slave population.

Outskirts: Race & Disability 
1370 University Ave. #316
Berkeley CA 94702
Tel: 510.649.8438
Fax: 510.540.8490
ON THE OUTSKIRTS where you will find the latest news, readings, events of lecturer, poet, essayist, consultant, and activist, Leroy F Moore Jr. Come on in and get the latest scoop on people of color with disabilities through Leroy's poetry, news articles etc. Go shopping here on Leroy's merchandise page that contains cds, t. shirts and chapbooks. Find out about how you can obtain Leroy's services from workshops, performances to consulting and more.

Psychiatric Disabilities

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).


Accessman - a one stop shop for action alerts, commentary and related resources.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet - collects and presents best practices in areas related to disability and accessibility issues; collects disability-related Internet resources.

Nursing Home Abuse Center – an informational website committed to providing comprehensive information on nursing home abuse and neglect for the elderly and their loved ones.

Reach And Teach is a peace and social justice learning company dedicated to transforming the world through teachable moments.


Disability Rights International: Women and Girls - DRI fights for women and girls with disabilities – especially those segregated in institutions – who are subjected to egregious human rights abuses.

Disabled Women on the Web - resources, events, and information by and for women with disabilities and their allies.

Gimpgirl Community - Since 1998, GimpGirl Community has been an organization run by women with disabilities to support the lives of others in our community through various forms of Internet technologies. We hold weekly support and empowerment meetings, seminars, and public discussions on topics relevant to our community, all on-line.

Other History Sites (non-disability specific)

History of the World