Urban Disability

From The Metropole, the official blog of the Urban History Association

To celebrate Urban Disability Month, The Metropole is publishing five articles:

Fighting For Rights: An Overview Of Urban Disability

Disability’s definition and impact over the centuries is not static but “often elusive and changing. Not only do people with disabilities have a history…the concept of disability has a history as well,” writes historian Kim E. Nielson.[5] Heumann’s efforts in mid-twentieth-century New York represent several very important data points but not the only ones, and not the first. A review of this history helps to contextualize the struggles Heumann and others like her faced even into the twenty-first century.