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EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)


People with disabilities have been present throughout Americamn history.

Many stories and events related to people with disabilities never make it into the history books or shared public memories. Familiar concepts and events such as citizenship, work, and wars become more complicated, challenge our assumptions about what counts as history, and transform our connection with each other when viewed from the historical perspective of people with disabilities, America’s largest minority.

Knowing these histories deepens understanding of the American experience and reveals how complicated history really is. In addition, when history comes through artifacts, distinct themes emerge—for example, the significance of place, relationships, and technology—that are less apparent when only books and words are used.


After High School All Disabilities Curriculum/Instructional Methods Disability Characteristics Elementary High School History/Social Science Middle School