SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Does Sen. Fetterman's Depression Disclosure Signal Change in Mental Health Acceptance?
by Jonathan Sadowsky
51 years ago the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Senator Thomas Eagleton, was dropped from the ticket when it was revealed he had received treatment for depression. A historian of mental health says it's too simple to declare progress without acknowledging ongoing stigma.
Lindsey Fitzharris on the Pioneering Facial Reconstruction Surgeon Who Remade the Faces of Great War Veterans
by James Thornton Harris
As one battlefield nurse wrote home, “the science of healing stood baffled before the science of destroying.” Dr. Harold Gillies let the effort to catch up, arguably the only lasting "victory" of the Great War.
The Government Pen
by Nick Delehanty
"The Skilcraft pen is indeed more than a pen. It’s the physical embodiment of New Deal social policies; it’s the product of disabled people’s labor, labor which has long been a site of contestation."
SOURCE: New York Times
Devoted to the Deaf, Did Alexander Graham Bell Do More Harm Than Good?
Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone was, a new biographer argues, an adjunct to his passion for "oralism," a movement to encourage deaf people to speak and to reject sign language, a commitment that appears oppressive and intolerant from the perspective of the modern disability movement.
Senator Tammy Duckworth Wants FDR Memorial to Be Accessible for People with All Disabilities
While disability activists won a battle to have FDR portrayed in a wheelchair in his memorial, there have been ongoing problems with the site's design and layout including braille markers that are decorative rather than legible.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
“The Sex Lady Talks”: Disability Rights and the Normalization of Sex in a 1980s Institution
by Elizabeth A. Nelson, Emily S. Beckman, and Modupe Labode
Therapist Lisa Freeman bucked the authorities of an Indiana psychiatric hospital to advocate for the right of residents to have consensual sex and sex education. Her work shows the ways that paternalistic values are embedded in state treatment of people with disabilities.
How Deaf Advocates Won the Battle for Closed Captioning and Changed the Way Americans Watch TV
by Olivia B. Waxman
As captioning advocate Philip Bravin puts it, whenever people “watch captions in noisy environments such as gyms and bars, they have the deaf community to thank.”
SOURCE: NY Times
Another Disability Disaster in the Making
by Jonathan M. Stein
The Trump administration’s Social Security proposal would repeat one of Ronald Reagan’s most damaging mistakes.
SOURCE: New York Times
Before the ‘Final Solution’ There Was a ‘Test Killing’
by Kenny Fries
Too few know the history of the Nazi methodical mass murder of disabled people. That is why I write.
SOURCE: The Activist History Review
Remembering The Ad Hoc Committee for Handicapped Access (AHCHA): Against Erasure of Disability History At the University Of Chicago
by Steph Ban
"The irony of placing a reminder of disability history in a stairwell does not escape me nor does it surprise me."
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