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Explore Disabilities: Welcome



Welcome! Join us to explore Disabilities. 

Explore the website to find videos, articles, podcasts and other resources to expand your knowledge of the history, people, and recent events surrounding Disabilities.


Scrabble cubes spelling out word, "ableism."



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When you hear names like Walt Disney and Thomas Edison, their creativity and inventions may come to mind. What you may not know about them is that they are some of many people with disabilities who changed the world by transforming governments, playing important roles in Civil Rights movements and women’s suffrage, creating groundbreaking inventions and more.


Definitions by the World Health Organization of Impairment, Disability and Handicap.

The terms disability, impairment, and handicap have been used synonymously within the education, counseling, and health coommunities. However, each of these terms convey different meanings when discussing disabling conditions.


Brightly colored circles with icons of hidden disabilities  

While some experience a disability that is visible, many have a non-visible impairment or condition. These non-visible disabilities (also known as invisible or hidden disabilities) are not immediately apparent. 

They can be physical, mental or neurological and include, but are not limited to, autism and ADHD, cognitive impairments such as learning difficulties and dementia, as well as mental health conditions and speech, visual impairments or hearing loss. They also include respiratory and chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic pain and sleep disorders.


Disability as beauty

In this video interview, Rebecca Cokley, Disability Rights Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, articulates her desire to see more portrayals of people with disabilities as beautiful and whole.


New York Times logo superimposed on montage of photographs

The New York Times Op-Docs channel on You Tube provides short films depicting first hand experiences with a variety of disabilities.


Our collective understanding continues to evolve. If you have suggestions for further resources, please share your ideas with us by submitting this form.

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion events and activities at Carroll, contact Clyde Johnson


Curated by DEI Committee members and designed by CCC Library Circulation Staff.