From oppression and neglect to justice and rights…the story of disability in America.
An organizing committee to establish a National Museum of Disability History and Culture has been meeting since 2019. The committee has drafted a bill that will be introduced in Congress; is establishing a cross-disability, diverse steering committee; and is seeking funds.
Join Us in a Dream: A National Museum of Disability History and Culture, National Council on Public History, by Henry Kennedy and Nathan Stenberg, June 14, 2022
It’s Time for a National Museum of Disability, New York Times, by Elianna Gerut, Sarah Levin, Daniel Rabinovitz, Gabe Rosen and Ben Schwartz, September 5, 2018
The National Museum of Disability History and Culture contributes to the movement toward disability justice by recognizing and celebrating the contributions of a diversity of people with disabilities to our nation’s political, social and cultural life. Its mission is to research, uncover, preserve and present the history and culture of people with disabilities from dehumanization, discrimination and institutionalization to the movement for justice, equality, participation, and artistic representation.
The museum is a “living museum” in the sense that it is always evolving to document the continuing work of disability rights and justice, as well as the rich intellectual, cultural, and artistic work of people with disabilities.
The museum strives to challenge the prevailing beliefs and attitudes of the general public to move from pity and stigma to understanding of the critical contributions disabled people have made in our society, especially those contributions that have been ignored or repressed.
The museum will include the contributions of people with all types of disabilities and from all ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic classes, faiths, and generations, highlighting intersectionality – the struggles of people who are both disabled and part of other historically marginalized communities.
The museum will use universal design and hold accessibility in the highest of priorities.
The most negative and positive aspects of disability history are presented with respect and accuracy.
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