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Disability History Timelines

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Analysis of the timelines below can help students to locate important events in Disability History in a larger historical framework. Timelines also offer opportunities to explore the impacts of activism, policy, and social change. Disability History timelines work best when students are also gaining contextual background knowledge about larger social forces and events. Thus these particular timelines are recommended for grades 6-12. 


Scan Multiple Timelines 

  • Which events are familiar?
  • Which events are most important in the history of people with disabilities?
  • How do events focused on different groups reflect larger societal changes?


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