Disability History Education Resources

Providing free education tools and materials for teachers, interpreters, students, and lifelong learners inside and outside the National Park Service is one important way we support the agency's mission. The value of America's cultures and diverse heritages may be lost if it's not passed on to the next generation or experienced by the present one. Want to inspire young people to grow into responsible citizens? Looking for more resources to craft interpretation or educational programming plans? See the related resources below or visit our Education & Training page for more.

The National Park Service offers free online lesson plans through its Teaching with Historic Places series and, of over 160 offered, some feature the historic places where humans altered the natural landscape. These lessons align with national curriculum standards and each lesson contains primary and secondary sources, including readings, maps, and images, and recommended activities. Lessons about disability history include

A Nation Repays Its Debt: The National Soldiers' Home and Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. More than 3,000 of the disabled veterans who were residents here have been interred with military honors in the cemetery west of the hospital.

Last updated: November 20, 2019