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About the project

DSHP logo: Person sitting in a wheelchair with their arms raised.

The Disability Social History Project (DSHP) is a community history project and we welcome your participation. Please contact us about anything that you would like to see become part of DSHP, including your disabled heroes, important events in disability history, and resources.

DSHP is managed by Patricia Chadwick.

Recent Highlights:

A woman sits at a desk reading Braille

Roberta Griffith…Empowered, not Impaired

(Reprint from the Michigan History magazine in the January/February 2016 issue) Roberta Griffith founded the Association for the Blind and ...
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Disabled protesters in the 1930s.

Join Us in a Dream: A National Museum of Disability History and Culture

Reprint from the National Council on Public History 14 JUNE 2022 – HENRY J. KENNEDY AND NATHAN R. STENBERG It ...
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A group of disabled teen girls gather on the lawn.

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

This 2021 Oscar-nominated film features a group of teens with disabilities at a groundbreaking summer camp in the 1970s. The ...
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Black Panther News: Handicapped Win Demands

The 504 Protests and the Black Panther Party

"Black Panthers saved the 504 sit-in." Corbett O'Toole, participant in the 1977 504 protest in San Francisco During the 504 ...
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Black Disabled Ancestors, by Leroy F. Moore Jr.

Black Disabled Ancestors: by Leroy F. Moore Jr.

"We say that our ancestors are resting in peace but I argue that our Black Disabled Ancestors can’t rest in ...
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Disability Visibility - Alice Wong

Intersectional Disability Resources

A great list of resources on intersectional disability - nonfiction, anthologies, websites, and podcasts - prepared by Alice Wong, Disability Visibility Project ...
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Harriet Tubman

The Overlooked History of Black Disabled People

By Vilissa Thompson, Rewire News Group What do Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Mary Davidson have in common? They ...
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Virginia State School for Colored Deaf and Blind, Newport News, VA

Black Deaf Americans: History, Culture, and Education

The University of Oregon's Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has an exhibit focusing on Black Deaf Americans. "Black Deaf ...
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(Banner image from left: Front page of the May 7, 1977 edition of The Black Panther; a postage stamp titled “For Crippled Children”; a Goodwill postcard “Good Willy”; a Nazi poster about the “burden” of disabled people; disabled women at the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women; Black Disabled Ancestors by Leroy Moore; art by disabled artist Wolfie; a photo from the 504 protest; Fading Scars: my queer disability history by Corbett O’Toole.)