Indiana Disability History Project

First-hand accounts of the disability rights movement and the experiences of Hoosiers with disabilities.

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Bonnie Smith - It's...

“It was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life.” In the 1970s, Bonnie Smith was having difficulties providing care at home for her adolescent son Brooks. After seeking assistance, it was determined Brooks would…

Featured Exhibits

The Right to a Real Job:

Through video-recorded oral history interviews, this exhibit looks at community-based employment for people with intellectual and other significant disabilities in Indiana, from the beginnings of supported…

Hoosier Advocates

Darcus Nims - "Just Like...

In 1991, Darcus Nims traveled to Washington D.C. to receive the national Victorian Award for Achievement from President George H. Bush, for overcoming overwhelming challenges in her life. She had…

 

Disability History Timeline

Indiana Disability History Timeline

From 1816 to the present, view the progression of important dates and events in Indiana's disability history.