By Philip L. Safford, Elizabeth J. Safford

Photographs of disabled young ones are stumbled on all through famous works of literature, movie, or even opera. Their characters variety from candy, to courageous, to tragic. Disabled teenagers also are part of the truth of lifestyles both in own methods or as poster boys and girls for drives and reasons. in the back of those photos is a old presence that has been created by means of the societies within which those kids dwell and feature lived. This paintings examines present wisdom approximately kid's adventure of actual, cognitive, and emotional/behavioral impairments from the Colonial interval to the current, whereas revealing the social structures of either incapacity and early life all through American history.Just as incapacity has been complex as a necessary attention in different historic inquiries, akin to that of gender, this can be a paintings meant to illustrate the serious function of incapacity with admire to the historical past of youth.

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100th Anniversary of the Tennessee School for the Deaf, 1845-1945: A History of the School, h t t p : / / w w w . k n o x c o t n . htm. us/. Thoryk, R. 1999. T h e Power to Define, Legitimizing Viewpoint, Disablement and Difference: A Study of the Relations Between a D o m i n a n t G r o u p and a Nond o m i n a n t Group. Unpublished dissertation. Kent, O H : Kent State University. Valentine, P. (1993). T h o m a s H o p k i n s Gallaudet: Benevolent Paternalism and the Origins of the American Asylum.

But m u c h of that record tells the stories of educators, rather than of the children they taught; n o r can a scholarly recitation of research and theoretical writings connect with the everyday life experience of children living with vision loss. To address this n e e d we t u r n e d to the m e t h o d of oral histories with a broad sample of interviewees. Accordingly, we asked fifteen individuals who were b o r n between 1943 and 1984 and who attended public school, or schools for the blind, or both, to tell us about their life experiences, and particularly about what it was like growing u p with a visual disability.

Reis, M. (1993). Student Life at the Indiana School for the Deaf D u r i n g the Depression Years. In J. V. , Deaf History Unveiled: Interpretations from the New Scholarship. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. R e p o r t of the C o m m i t t e e of the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and D u m b Persons. J u n e 1, 1817. Hartford, CT: H u d s o n and C o m p a n y Printers. A Rich History, Fond Memories, and a Bright Future: KSD Celebrates Its 175th. (1998).

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