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GBH: Teaching disability history in schools is 'long overdue,' advocates say

Published on Sat, 04/06/2024

people in wheelchairs, all facing the center, fill the room
Demonstrators continued a four-day sit-in at the offices of the Health, Education and Welfare department in San Francisco, April 9, 1977, until civil rights rules for people with disabilities were signed by the president. Jim Palmer/ASSOCIATED PRESS AP

GBH News - Boston published a story and accompanying quiz on the emerging movement to #TeachDisabilityHistory.

See the article at Teaching disability history in schools is 'long overdue,' advocates say. Teachers, community advocates, and resource leaders comment on developments in the growing field. Follow links to legislation from multiple states. 

See the introduction to the quiz below, and follow the link to take the quiz. GBH based the quiz on landmark work of the #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign of Easterseals Massachusetts.



Quiz: How much disability history do you know?

April 02, 2024. 

Schools across the United States are implementing more inclusive curriculums, and the disability community wants to be represented in those efforts.

A grid of nine images show the Easterseals activists who speak in the video. These speakers have many different types of visible and not visible disabilities.
#TeachDisabilityHistory activists

A local nonprofit, Easterseals Massachusetts, has launched a campaign to bring more awareness to disability history and encourage teachers in Massachusetts to include more of that history in their classrooms.

Many people with disabilities say they never saw themselves in history textbooks. That's starting to change.

Take the quiz





Meghan stands in the newsroom, with a GBH News sign behind her.

Meghan Smith

Alison Noyes

Manager, Emerging America
Alison Noyes is the manager of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, where she leads the English Learner Collaborations project funded by a Library of Congress grant to the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.