The authors consider the potential impact of teaching disability history and awareness in social studies classrooms. Social studies educators are encouraged to use disability history to move the concept of disability beyond Individualized Education Program (IEP) labels and medical pathology, allowing students to study and better understand the evolving social and cultural context of disability. An examination of disability “models” and the historical evolution of disability language is followed by strategies and resources for incorporating disability history and awareness in the social studies classroom. Ohio social studies educators are encouraged to support a Disability History and Awareness week or month in their state.
Published in The Ohio Social Studies Review, Volume 50, Issue 2, 2013, pages 15-21.
Darren, M., & Timothy, L. (2013). Disability history: Humanity worth defending. The Ohio Social Studies Review, 50(2), 15 - 21.
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