Disability History

People with disabilities -- permanent or temporary, visible or invisible, are the largest minority in the United States. But their stories and histories often remain untold or their disabilities are hidden. “Disability stories” refer to the array of experiences by, from, and about people with disabilities represented across our nation. Disability history does not follow a single, chronological thread. Instead, it is a flow of simultaneous triumphs and struggles. Here you will find examples of the histories of people, events, and places associated with the varied and complex narratives of American disability history and how they connect to NPS parks and programs.

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