QUERY: 10 best books or articles about disability history?

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Art Beyond Sight is developing curricula for museum studies programs about disability and inclusion in museums.  We would appreciate suggestions of the top ten resources (books or articles) that you would give to museum curators that might inspire them to become engaged in disability history.  Please send your suggestions to Sally Yerkovich at sallyyerkovich@gmail.com.  

Thank you.

Sally Yerkovich, Disability and Inclusion Curricula Project.

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Many thanks to all who contributed to a list of books that might inspire museum curators to become engaged in topics related to disability history.  A number of the respondents asked that I post the results of this query so what follows is the list of resources that we have gathered to date.

Sally Yerkovich, Art Beyond Sight, Disability and Inclusion Curricula Project

Douglas C. Baynton, Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign Against Sign Language (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998).

Michael Berube, Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (New York: Vintage, 1998).

Charles R. Bliss and C. Talley Wells, “Applying Lessons from the Evolution of Brown v. Board of Education to Olmstead: Moving from Gradualism to Immediate, Effective, and Comprehensive Integration,” Georgia State University Law Review, Volume 26, Issue 3, Spring  2010, pp. 705-739.

Alan Brennert, Moloka’I (New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008).

S. E. Brown, Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the journey from disability shame to disability pride (New York: People with Disabilities Press, 2003).

S.E. Brown, “Breaking Barriers: The Pioneering Disability Students Services Program at the University of Illinois, 1948-1960” in E. Tamura (Ed.), The History of Discrimination in U.S. Education: Marginality, Agency, and Power (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp. 165-92.

Susan Burch, “Disability History: Suggested Readings – An Annotated Bibliography,” The Public Historian, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 63-24 (Spring 2005).

Allison C. Carey, On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century America (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010).

Timothy Diamond, Making Gray Gold: Narratives of Nursing Home Care (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995).

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, “Disability Studies: A Field Emerged,” American Quarterly, Volume 65, Number 4, December 2013, pp. 915-926, DOI: 10.1353/aq.2013.0052.

John Hockenberry, Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence. (New York: Hyperion, 1995).

Paul Longmore and Lauri Umansky, eds. The New Disability History, New York: New York University Press, 2001), 33–57.

Paul Longmore, Why I Burned My Book, and Other Essays on Disability, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003).

Harriet McBride, Too Late to Die Young (New York: Picador, 2006).

G. McKay, Shakin’ all over: Popular music and disability. (Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 2013).

Leila Monaghan, Constanze Schmaling, Karen Nakamura, and Graham H. Turner Editors, Many Ways to Be Deaf: International Variation in Deaf Communities (Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press, 2003).

L.F. Moore, Jr.,  “Krip-Hop Nation is Moore than Music,” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry, 6(2), June 2012. Retrieved from http://www.wordgathering.com/issue22/essays/moore2.html

Kim E. Nielsen, The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (New York: New York University Press, 2004).

Kim Nielsen, A Disability History of the United States (Boston: Beacon Press, 2012).

Katherine Ott, “Disability and the Practice of Public History: An Introduction,” The Public Historian,” Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 11-24 (Spring 2005).

Carol Padden, Tom Humphries, Inside Deaf Culture.  (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006).

Fred Pelka, What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement, (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).

Martin Pernick, “Defining the Defective: Eugenics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture in Early-Twentieth Century America,” in The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability, ed. David Mitchell, (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997) pp. 89-101. 

Rose, M. L. (2003). The staff of Oedipus:  Transforming disability in ancient Greece. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2003).

David Rothman, Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New Republic (Boston:  Little, Brown, 2002).

T. Rowden, The songs of blind folk: African American musicians and the culture of blindness. (Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 2009).

Richard Sandell, Annie Delin , Jocelyn Dodd & Jackie Gay, “Beggars, freaks and heroes? Museum collections and the hidden history of disability,” Museum Management and Curatorship, 20:1, 5-19 (2005)   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09647770500302001

Susan Schweik, The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (New York: New York University press, 2009).

Joseph Shapiro, No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. (New York: Random House, 1993).

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Lincoln’s Melancholy.  (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005).

Randy Shilts, And the band played on:  Politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic. (New York:  St. Martin's, 1997).

Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity (New York: Scribner’s, 2013).

John Vickery Van Cleve and Barry A. Crouch, A Place of their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America  (Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 1989).

Web Resources:

Disability History Museum 

Museum of Disability History

UC Berkeley-Disability Rights & Independent Living Movement http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/drilm/index.html

The Disability History Association (DHA) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, the history of individuals or groups with disabilities, perspectives on disability, representations/ constructions of disability, policy and practice history, teaching, theory, and Disability and related social and civil rights movements.   Their website, http://www.dishist.org/index.htm, includes a wealth of resources including up to date bibliographies and teaching materials.

The 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act is spawning a wealth of web-based resources about disability history, many initiated by the ADA Legacy Project, http://adalegacy.com

The State of Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities has an has had on-line for quite some time an excellent history of the disability movement called “Parallels In Time” and “Parallels In Time 2”. http://mn.gov/mnddc/parallels/index.html and http://mn.gov/mnddc/parallels2/index.htm

In addition, the Minnesota office is producing a series of ‘Moments in Disability History’ that includes audio and video resources, http://mn.gov/mnddc/ada-legacy/index.html

“A History of Human Services, 
Universal Lessons, and Future Implications,” presented by Wolf Wolfensberger, Ph.D. and Susan Thomas, Training Coordinator.  http://mn.gov/mnddc/wolfensberger/index.html Accessed April 4, 2014.