2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

A Century of Medical Perspective in Disability Studies
Stephanie N. Woodke
Prof. Martha L. Rose, Faculty Mentor

The Disability History Museum is a virtual collection displaying archival material on disability experiences that are useful for a wide range of professional fields. Anyone with access to the internet can view sources from major collections including the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs archive. In the past 30 years, research has expanded in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies. I analyzed articles and photographs ranging from 1850 to 1973 that revealed attitudes toward amputation, blindness, and home health care. In this presentation, I focus on the remarkable changes between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries from the medical perspective using photographic images depicting healthcare and the lack thereof. This analysis helps to gain a better understanding of the quality of life that people with disabilities have gained.

Keywords: disability, medical

Topic(s):Disability and Society

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 406-1
Location: VH 1324
Time: 2:30

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