January 13th, 2014
Key individuals around the state of Georgia have joined together to develop the GA Disability History Archive that will be housed at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library in Athens, GA. A collection of artifacts, media articles, stories, and historical documents will tell the entire story of Georgia’s Disability History. Visit the following link to view some collections already available:http://russelldoc.galib.uga.edu/russell/search?text=Georgia+Disability+History+.
The story of disability in Georgia must be documented to help dispel the myths surrounding disability and allow Georgia citizens with disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities. It is an ongoing effort to gain rights for individuals with disabilities and help the public recognize their gifts in the community.
Although progress has been made since institutionalization was the only solution outside the family home for individuals with disabilities, the work has just begun. Documenting the stories of the treatment of individuals with disabilities, and the struggles the families endured to find assistance for their family member will help future generations to understand the importance of advocating for disability rights and funding to assist individuals with disabilities. Visualizing their journey will make it real, and the stories must be told.
Sheryl B. Vogt, Director of Russell Library at the UGA, has provided instructions and principles for donations to the Russell Library (Instructions and Guiding Principles for Donations). The UGA Library offers tours every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. beginning in the library lobby. There is no charge and no reservations are needed. (Click here for details: http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl/facilities/building.html.
For more information, contact Gillian Grable, email@example.com
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