Disability History Exhibit
Panels are available as both PDF images and Accessible HTML
Images - Panel Content
Guide to using this HTML version of the panel display:
- Images were not always clearly labeled in the original print version and
so alt tags in this version are as descriptive as possible given the information
- The color coding provided for the print display is explicitly labled in
this HTML version:
- Blue indicates disability from a moral viewpoint
- Brown indicates disability from a medical viewpoint
- Green indicates disability from a minority, or social, viewpoint
- Gray Line indicates a connection to a different time in history
Please note that not every event falls easily into one category; these color
codes are used to indicate trends in how disability has been viewed over time.
Panel 1 - Disability has always been, and will likely always be, a part of
the human condition.
Panel 2 - Religion has played an important role in providing basic services
and shaping attitudes toward people with disabilities.
Panel 3 - Persons with disabilities are treated as social problems and public
Panel 4 - Disability becomes a medical issue requiring the services of trained
Panel 5 - A gradual understanding of science leads to new and often painful
treatments for persons with disabilities.
Panel 6 - Social reform and new ideas in education offer opportunities for
people with developmental disabilities.
Panel 7 - The commitment to education and the quality of services decline
with the increasing demand for institutional placement.
Panel 8 - The quality of services for persons with disabilities further declines
with a growing suspicion of all people who are different.
Panel 9 - Persons with developmental disabilities are made scapegoats for
many of society's problems.
Panel 10 - Persons with disabilities - over 200,000 - are the first victims
of the holocaust.
Panel 11 - Services slowly become available to persons with physical disabilities;
many with developmental disabilities are largely forgotten and abandoned in
Panel 12 - Parents assert their leadership and begin to organize on behalf
of children with disabilities.
Panel 13 - Advocacy by parents leads to increased funding, better community
services, and larger institutions.
Panel 14 - Influenced by the civil and human rights struggles of the 1950s
and 1960s, people with disabilities begin to fight for their rights.
Panel 15 - Disability is no longer limited to moral or medical definitions;
it is now viewed by many as a social construct.
Panel 16 - People with disabilities
face new opportunities and threats as America's largest minority.
Panel 17 - Persons with developmental disabilities advocate for themselves
and others with disabilties, proclaiming "we are people first!"
Panel 18 - Thousands of self-advocates across the world speak for themselves
and fight for social change.
Panel 19 - Activitsts remember the past and work to ensure that crimes and
mistakes are not repeated.
Panel 20 - Naming and claiming who we are, where we come from, and where we
want to go.
Panel 21 - Disability is an art. Disability is a unique way of life.