From Institutions to Independence

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From Institutions to Independence

Barbara L. Floyd, editor

Winner of the 2012 Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections’ Local History Publication Awards, Academic Scholar Division. Professor Floyd's book is an important contribution to our understanding of the need to include those members of our community who live with disabilities. All Americans need to grasp how disabled people can contribute to our society and be a part of a better, more inclusive nation.

 Joan Uhl Browne, President, Lott Industries Inc.

"History binds us together, creates an identity as a community, and helps us to understand where we fit within society," rightly claim the authors of this work. This book engages readers in the broader disability rights movements that seek an inclusive society based on respect for the broad range of human diversity. It distinguishes itself from many other disability histories by showcasing the importance of geographical place in constructing disability meanings. From Institutions to Independence centers on Ohio, showing primarily since the early 19th century the evolution of institutions, impact of epidemics, and rise of activist campaign and policies. Ultimately, the rich, local stories-- from charitable organizations and deaf clubs in Toledo, and family members as well as schools for the deaf and blind in Columbus, to hospital sports teams in Northwestern Ohio-- paint a history that is fundamentally American. Studies of institutions, employment, community, identity, and family and daily life demonstrate the rich complexity and regular presence of disability in America. 

As a material result of a near decade-long campaign to preserve and document disability history in Ohio and across the nation, this book embodies ideas, interpretations, and life stories that students, archivists, teachers, and community members will find accessible and useful. Meaningful lessons abound in this work and its contributors are to be applauded for fusing together activism, rigorous scholarship, and preservation. 

Susan Burch, Ph.D. Middlebury College

Product Details

Title: From Institutions to Independence

Editor: Barbara Floyd

Genre: History

Paperback: 174 pages

Publisher: University of Toledo Press

ISBN: 978-0-932259-07-3

Dimensions: 9 x 7 inches

New history book on NW Ohio disabilities topic of talk show

From UT News

From Institutions to Independence: A History of People With Disabilities in Northwest Ohio, a book published by The University of Toledo Press, will be discussed on “Deadline Now” Friday, April 15, at 8:30 p.m. on WGTE.

Barbara Floyd, director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, edited the book.

She and Dan Wilkins, director of public relations and community partnerships at the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, will be guests on the show, hosted by author and journalist Jack Lessenberry. Wilkins also will discuss the history and services of the Ability Center of Toledo, a center for independent living, which celebrated its 90th birthday last year.

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