It’s Time for a National Museum of Disability

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on It’s Time for a National Museum of Disability

Source:  New York Times/September 05, 2018

By Elianna GerutSarah LevinDaniel RabinovitzGabe Rosen and Ben Schwartz

The authors are 12th graders at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass.


WALTHAM, Mass. — Like most high school students, we have spent years studying American history — from the cultures of the Native Americans to the Revolutionary War, right up to the 21st century. Yet when we look closely at the story of who we are as a nation, we find little, if anything, about the history of people with disabilities.

This is not surprising. The extent of what most Americans know about disability is limited — we see bright blue logos plastered on parking spaces or hear accounts of friends with challenges. We may know people with autism or dyslexia. We may see loved ones with permanent injuries or physical ailments. But for many, the understanding ends there.

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