What was it like to be disabled before the era of curb cuts and accessible restrooms? Why should we care? Through an exploration of original artifacts from the scholar’s collection, participants can understand more about what it was like to be disabled in early America. This will be an important foundation for a discussion about their own experiences with disability and infirmity today. Exploring a topic that affects everyone at one point or another, this session increases awareness of the perspectives of those with disabilities.
Nicole Belolan, Ph.D.
Fellow-in- Residence and Program Coordinator at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Nicole Belolan is a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American social and cultural history and a museum professional. Currently, she is Public Historian in Residence at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden. She is also Co-Editor of The Public Historian and digital media editor of the blog History@Work, both published by the National Council on Public History. Nicole earned a PhD in the History of American Civilization at the University of Delaware.
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