H-Disability is a scholarly network that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the experience and phenomenon of 'disability.' H-Disability was established in response to the growing academic interest and expanding scholarly literature on issues of disability throughout the world.

Recent Content

Robert Bogdan Disability Collection at Yale

Yale University’s Medical Historical Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important collection of ephemera, photographs, and rare books related to disability, the Robert Bogdan Disability Collection.

Professor Robert Bogdan started collecting disability ephemera in early 1980s in order to advance his research and writing. As Bogdan began collecting he realized that although there were archives and collections related to specific aspects of disability and particular disability-related organizations, none took a broad Disability Studies approach.

Twenty-First Century Blind Professional Historians

Hello.  I am a blind historian working on a project with two other historians about “Ageism, Ableism, and Advocacy in the History Profession.” I am researching contemporary blind historians’ experiences, both good and bad, working in the history professions; museums, working as authors, public history, etc.  Please respond if you would like to share your experiences with me.  Best wishes.

Alida Boorn, PhD.

Vocational Rehabilitation Scholarship History-- query

H-Dis folks--  I'm researching a guy who was enrolled at the University of Florida in the late 1930s and he held a Vocational Rehabilitation Scholarship.   I'm guessing this is one of the early rehabilitation scholarships for people with disabilities, out of the 1920 Smith-Fess Act or Social Security.  

Does anyone know anything else about these scholarships-- how prevalent they were, how designated and funded etc.?  

Would I look in Federal or State records?

Many thanks-- 

Kate Rousmaniere

Miami University, Ohio