Veterans, Workers, and Citizens

Disability and American History through Primary Sources


From pre-Civil War to the present, seek out roots of change. Consider varied reformers and activists, and their evolving definitions of disability. Examine impacts including early 19th Century reform movements, veterans pensions, Social Security, Special Education, and the Americans with Disability Act. Access a wealth of primary sources from the Disability History Museum and the Library of Congress.

Work with scholars and fellow teachers on a standards-based inquiry-oriented lesson, using primary sources. In partnership with the Disability History Museum, Perkins School for the Blind, and Keene State College.


Upper elementary and secondary history teachers, Grades 6-12.


10 PDPs (MA) or Letter of Participation (NH), requires prior work through Library of Congress.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • thumbnail image of Graham Warder

    Graham Warder is Associate Professor of History at Keene State College. He earned his B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in American Social and Cultural History from UMass Amherst. Since 1999, he has worked with the Disability History Museum, an online humanities resource providing primary sources and curriculum about the history of disability.

  • Laurie Block is a documentary film and radio producer, and Director of the online Disability History Museum.

  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn founded the Accessing Inquiry project of Emerging America, which focuses on inclusion of ALL learners in History, Civics, and Social Science classrooms, especially students with disabilities and English Learners. 

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