The purpose of this assignment, completed weekly, is to allow you to examine, analyze and share your perceptions of the experiences of people with disabilities, their portrayal in the public media, and some of the services provided to them. Each weekâ€™s fieldwork relates to the current or a recent topic discussed in class.
This week: You will visit an online museum related to disability. As you visit, you will consider the struggle of people with disabilities for equal rights and equal access. When finished, you will reflect on what you learned.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in this course / in school / in this field / in professional life beyond school:
- MLO #2.1: Discuss the evolution of the treatment of people with disabilities in western society from the Victorian era to present.
- MLO #2.2: Discuss the key elements of critical American disability rights legislation (P.L. 93-112, P.L. 103-336, etc.) and global disability rights initiatives (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and comparable legislation)
This assignment will also help you to become familiar with the following important content knowledge in this discipline:
Course Objective 2: Analyze issues of social justice relating to disability and the global growth of legal and civil rights of individuals with disabilities domestically and internationally.
- Visit The Smithsonian Museumâ€™s Museum of American History This exhibit features an online exhibit on the history of disability rights advocacy in the U.S.
- As you visit, consider the struggle of people with disabilities, notably disabled American veterans, for equal rights and equal access. What does this exhibit demonstrate about how Americaâ€™s attitudes toward disability and beliefs about people with disabilities have evolved over the last 50-60 years, and where we need to go in the future?
- Reflect on what you learned while exploring the exhibit