Online Museum: Everybody: An Artifact History of Disability in America

 An Artifact History of Disability in America. Disabiliity & History. People with disabilities and ideas related to disability are everywhere in American history. Sponsored by the Smithsonian and the Nathan Cummings Foundations. Visit

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.