Are you interested in social justice? Are you fascinated by the way people lived in the past but also how society has changed for the better?

Are you interested in the intersection between the struggles of different minority groups? Are you keen to hear the story of how brave people, some of them very disadvantaged, stood up for themselves?

If so, come on a journey into the online database Disability in the Modern world: History of a Social Movement.

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Today we’re looking at Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement

Wells, Dianna. (1988). North West Office Of Intellectual Disability Services. H90.95/49

What makes this database so great?

You can access 4,211 ebooks, documents amounting to 100,000 pages of source material and 115 hours of video allowing you to approach this vast topic from many different angles.

Some highlights

The introductory page invites us to investigate five areas of featured content. Each of these looks at disability in a different way. Click on each area to search.  The five areas are:

The Disability rag

Full-text, online access to a journal that covers the disability rights movement from 1980 to the present. This is a great opportunity to learn, (or for some, remember), how communities of people with disability saw themselves and interpreted themselves to others over a 40-year period from 1980.

An introduction to the disability rights movement

The disability rights movement intersects with other civil rights movements. This means that people with disability fight for rights in a way similar to other minorities. The opposition they face looks similar. This introductory playlist looks at this movement from origins to the present.

Wells, Dianna. (1988). We All Have A Right To… H90.95/47

Explore how war, industry & technology intersect with disability

Technology is crucial in levelling the playing-field for people with disability. War and industry, by necessity, expand technology. This helps assistive technology to develop. In addition, meeting the needs of injured and incapacitated returned soldiers helps raise awareness of the needs of people with disability.

No limits chat show 2007-2013

Accessible online content of a chat-show covering social issues from sexuality to current events, featuring a range of Australian activists. This presents snap-shot in time of people with disability and their allies, revealing their experiences.

Disability and media bias

This resource examines the media. The media can be stuck in a ‘medical model’ of disability which is out of date. This can perpetuate stereotypes. Yet harnessing the media and advocating a clearer message is the very way to combat stereotypes.

This is just a brief insight into what you can find in Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement. The database offers so much to explore.

This collection spotlight is written in Century Gothic, one of a range of accessible fonts.

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