The Emergence of the Disability Rights Movement
This chapter highlights the empowerment of disabled people in recent decades and the emergence of the disability rights movement. It provides an overview of the disability rights movement and offers ideas for teaching and inquiry on topics including deinstitutionalization, the independent living movement, and the passing of legislation which extended the rights of disabled people such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Teachers will learn strategies for developing classroom inquiries which explore why people with disabilities have been historically oppressed and how collectivism is important for making social change. This chapter includes suggestions for books and multimedia resources, both for further professional development and for use in K–12 lesson planning or curriculum development. Teachers can choose from numerous activity ideas and reproducible worksheets for teaching about disability history in K–12 classrooms.