Indiana Disability History Project
First-hand accounts of the disability rights movement and the experiences of Hoosiers with disabilities.
“He put me in the nursing home, and I didn’t like that very much,” explains Ruth Ann. When Ruth Ann’s grandmother passed away, her father was unable to care for Ruth Ann and placed her in a nursing home. Ruth…
Institutions were woven into the fabric of Indiana’s founding as a state. The original Constitution provided for “one or more farms to be an asylum for those persons, who by reason of age, infirmity, or other…
"I'm going to need to go to a college with a very highly rated psychology department." James Martin Cousin, who has autism, was a sophomore at a charter high school in Indianapolis when he was…
Disability History Timeline
From 1816 to the present, view the progression of important dates and events in Indiana's disability history.