2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Changing Minds: Americas View of Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the Sixties and Seventies
Paige A. Fowler
Dr. Peter S. Kelly and Dr. David Robinson, Faculty Mentors

In the 1960s and 1970s the Disability Rights movement in the United States began to hit its stride. Disability Rights organizations and new government policies began to change the American perspective on individuals with intellectual disabilities. Changes in the education system, in particular, became instrumental in changing American opinions. This study looks at the perception of children with intellectual disabilities during the sixties and seventies. It examines the policies and organizations that helped to turn the American opinion of children with intellectual disabilities more positive, despite certain policies and practices at the time that still fostered a negative opinion of disability and presented a challenge to disability rights activists.

Keywords: Disability , rights, education, 1960s, 1970s, United States, history

Disability and Society

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 401-3
Location: VH 1236
Time: 3:00

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