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Recommended Reading: Disability History

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As many of our posts have suggested, the history of disability is long, rich, and nowhere near as well known as it ought to be. Below are some websites and podcasts that illuminate the history of the people, laws and policies, medical and technological developments, and social movements that have shaped the world of disability that we have today.

Disability History Museum

The Disability History Museum (DHM) is a virtual project, seeking to help deepen people’s understanding of how shifting cultural values, notions of identity, laws, and policies have shaped the experience of people with disabilities, and how those experiences are vital to everyone’s lives. With a board and advisors made up largely of disability historians and activists, the DHM features a vast array of resources. Their library is made up of documents and visuals associated with the history of people with disabilities, which can be easily searched through by collection, format, source, keywords, and dates, or browsed by topic. The museum also provides educational lessons, each with their own objectives, materials, and study guide, as well as teaching tools. The DHM website also has a “feature” tab, which showcases...

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Tools

This resource, from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, provides two documents and a video that explore research on the effects of increased access to English through computer-mediated communication (CMC) on Deaf individuals' language and literacy skills. The first document is a summary of research goals, methods, findings, and...
This resource, from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, provides a document and video that explore the importance of promoting high expectations for Deaf individuals' postsecondary success. The 7-page document summarizes research on strength-based approaches, postsecondary planning processes, role models, and parent/teacher roles in ...
This case study explores CAST's partnership with Manchester Community College, which aimed to remove barriers to learning in laboratory environments through employing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and accessibility best practices. The case study focuses on Manchester Community College's Improving the Education of Mechatronics...
This case study explores case-based learning strategies for active learning in bilingual classrooms with Deaf and hearing students. A five-part video series is provided. In part one, Dr. Sandi Connelly describes how she checks for understanding when teaching cases in large classes. In part two, Connelly discusses technology and digital media, and...
This case study explores the Opening the Pathway to Technician Careers Conference, which engaged biology teachers of Deaf students in 2019. The case study describes how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be used to support a bilingual (English and American Sign Language), accessible, and inclusive professional development conference. Best...

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