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Blind Works Progress Administration Worker
This photograph shows a blind Works Progress Administration (WPA) worker operating a Braille machine at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. The photo, from the collection of the National Archives and Records Administration, was taken between…

I Will Not Race in the Halls - Frank Epperson Jr. on Becoming a Successful Wheelchair Racing Athlete
After getting in trouble in middle school for racing in the hallways, Frank Epperson's parents decided he needed an outlet for all his extra energy. In this video, Frank speaks about discovering wheelchair racing, and becoming a Paralympic athlete.…

I've Come a Long Way - Beverly Rackley on Advocacy
Beverly Rackley's mother said, "You can take those papers and tear them up, or I will tear them up in front of you." In this video, Beverly shares stories of her mother's advocacy on her behalf during her childhood, and discusses how, over the years,…

The Day Was Pretty Packed - Kim Davis on School Days at the Developmental Training Center
In the 1970s, schools systems throughout the state of Indiana sent children with challenging behaviors to the Developmental Training Center (DTC) for educational support and service. Kim Davis, an employee at the DTC during that time, talks about the…

A Whole Other Facet - Courtney Clark on Service Dogs Making Life Better
“We can get things done. Yes, so it just made me more independent,” explains Courtney of her service dog, Donner. After applying for a service dog, it took two more years before Courtney was matched with Donner. Courtney talks about how his presence…

Nobody Asked Me - Darcus Nims on Self-Advocacy
"What do they mean, us kind of people?" Darcus wanted to learn math skills. She wanted to learn how to type. Unfortunately, her teachers would tell her those skills were for "regular" people. When Darcus turned 18, no one asked her what she wanted to…

Indiana Wheelchair Games Ribbons
These ribbons are examples of first, second, and third place prizes awarded at the Indiana Wheelchair Games in 1982.

Like Having a Second Family - Dee Ann Hart on Attending the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Dee Ann Hart discusses her educational opportunities in the late 1960s and the impact her decision to attend the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired had on her and her family. She attended the school for 14 years, entering in 1969.

Transcript: Randy Krieble Interview
"People coming into the business today, I can't imagine them seeing the advancement and the progress that we saw." Randy Krieble talks about witnessing the evolution of institutional custody and control of people with disablities into…

Transcript: Steve Hinkle Interview
"So you take funding, you take turmoil, you take parents, you take need, and then you had that end of society and their reactions to a person with 'mental retardation'..." When Steve (Stephen L.) Hinkle took on the challenges and leadership of the…