Delaware's History of Disability
- Photos & Articles
- Historical Documents
- Oral Transcripts
The Delaware Disability History Project would not be possible without the help and participation of our community partners:
A special thank you to Temple University for helping provide guidance to our Council on the best way to capture the history of disability in Delaware.
- Developmental Disabilities Council
Pat Maichle, Stefanie Lancaster, Kristin Harvey, & Emmanuel Jenkins
- Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens
- State Council for Persons with Disabilities
Jamie Wolfe and John McNeal
- Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Autism Delaware
- Delaware People First
Barbara and Bill Monaghan
- Delaware Historical Society
- United Cerebral Pulsy
- The ARC of Delaware
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Delaware Department of Agriculture
- Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
Larry Mendte sits with Pat Maichle Senior Administrator of the Delaware Developmental Disability Council to discuss the history in Delaware of how people with disabilities have been treated.
The Developmental Disabilities Council is honored to present "Claws and Wings", a collection of personal oral histories as shared by twenty-two unique and extraordinary Delaware disability advocates.
Heumann became an activist for change regarding the rights of people with disabilities in America. She has dedicated her life to advocating for legislation that promotes the rights of people with disabilities.
Some of the foundational protests that ignited the disability rights movement took place on July 5-6, 1978, just around the corner from the Denver Public Library at Colfax and Broadway. Men and women of the Atlantis community, known as "The Gang of 19," threw themselves in front of buses in an attempt to convey their disenfranchisement.
Photos and Articles
The oral history project examines the dark history and progress of disability rights in Delaware.
While the lobotomies in 1964 represent one day of the institution's almost 100-year-old history, the procedure was one of the many practices performed at the institution that are now considered to be cruel and ineffective.
What we know so far: Created by Delaware Tech interns, Carmen, Nicole and Anita. Thank you for your work.