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Emerging America Webinar for the Library of Congress

Published on Wed, 06/03/2020

Laura Bridgman teaches touch-reading to a younger student.
Laura Bridgman teaches. [1840s].

Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Click here to find a recording of the June 3, 2020 webinar. 

Explore key moments across U.S. history at which individual advocacy and broad campaigns for civil rights enabled people with disabilities to move from the far margins of society into full citizenship. Identify points in the typical U.S. History curriculum (such as Antebellum Reforms, early 20th century Immigration, and Post WWII social movements) to infuse elements of this history. Access a wealth of primary sources, free curriculum, and communities of support. Gain practical strategies and tools to make history truly accessible for ALL learners–especially students with disabilities. Presented by Emerging America's Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes.

Gain strategies and tools for teaching Students with Disabilities:


See Primary Source Sets and Lesson Plans on Disability History:



    Rich Cairn

    Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
    Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.