The following resources offer service providers, families, self-advocates, policymakers, educators, researchers, and interested others some of the most recent thinking on a range of disability-related topics, as well as reflections on the history of disability rights and advocacy movements in the U.S.
The following are some of the Impact issues that are currently available. They can be found online at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact, and are also available in print. The first print copy of each issue is free and each additional copy is $4. To request complementary print copies contact the Publications Office at the Institute on Community Integration at 612/624-4512 or email@example.com.
Impact: Feature Issue on Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities. English language learners with disabilities are a growing part of the K-12 school population in the U.S. Available knowledge on how to effectively educate these students, and measure their progress, is small but increasing. However, many educators and families have pressing questions. This Impact issue offers responses to some of those questions in articles from experts around the country who are helping schools meet the needs of this growing student population. (2013)
Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting New Career Paths for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In the U.S. we are in the midst of a national conversation about jobs. That conversation includes discussion of employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their changing role in the workforce. This Impact explores some of the innovative thinking and resources that are expanding employment options for people with disabilities across this country, and offers success stories of individuals taking new career paths. (2012)
Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting the Social Well-Being of Children and Youth with Disabilities. Social well-being is essential to overall health and quality of life for all children and youth. However, young people with disabilities are often at higher risk for experiencing lower levels of social well-being than their peers without disabilities. They are among those more likely to be bullied and harassed, have a small number of friends outside the family, and participate in few extracurricular activities. This Impact issue brings together practical, insightful, and inspiring articles focusing on what adults can do to create and sustain environments that contribute to social well-being for young people with disabilities and their peers. (2011)
Impact: Feature Issue on Postsecondary Education and Students with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities. Even though the majority of high school students with disabilities identify participation in postsecondary education as a goal for their adult lives, only about 3 in 10 have taken classes since completing high school (National Longitudinal Transition Study-2). And among those with the lowest rates of participation are students with intellectual disabilities. This Impact issue explores what we know, and what we still need to know, about supporting increased participation of students with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities, in postsecondary education, and why that participation is important. (2011)
Impact: Feature Issue on Sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities. What does it mean to affirm and support a positive, healthy sexuality for youth and adults with disabilities? That’s the focus of this Impact issue. Its articles cover topics ranging from sexuality education in the home and school, to personal stories of dating and marriage, to legal and ethical issues for staff and agencies providing services for people with disabilities. (2010)
Impact: Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities. How can early childhood professionals and families provide quality, inclusive early childhood education for young children with and without disabilities? That’s the question addressed in Impact: Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities. In this publication, parents reflect on their experiences with early childhood education and inclusion for their children; researchers and practitioners discuss strategies for identifying and providing quality, inclusive programs; and staff from inclusive early childhood programs around the country describe their approaches. (2009)
Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities.
Why is work important to women with disabilities? And why do fewer women with disabilities participate in the workforce than men with disabilities or women without disabilities? These are two of the questions explored in this Impact issue. Because having meaningful, valued work is such an important part of life, this Impact encourages readers to hold an expansive vision of what’s possible for women with disabilities in the employment arena, and offers strategies, resources, and inspiration to realize that vision. (2008)
The following are some of the growing number of resources available across the country on the history of the disability rights, self-advocacy, independent living, and related movements.
“Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement: A Web Site and Wiki” (http://www.disabilityhistorywiki.org/leadership/). This Web site is creating a history of the role of leadership and leaders in generating the ideas, movements, and programs that have been foundational to the developmental disabilities field over the past 150 years. Using Wiki technology, it engages current leaders in contributing to the multimedia content of an online history resource as a means to bridge the generational gap between those who taught and inspired the current leaders and those who will move into leadership roles in the future. Its core is a multimedia history lesson that profiles the experiences of key leaders over the past 150 years, and the key ideas and lessons from their leadership, as well as other events, places, and individuals that contributed in both positive and negative ways to current knowledge. Using a moderated Wiki approach, it allows contributors to add other materials (text, photos, video, audio) that expand on and enrich that core lesson. The site is operated by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration.
The “Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement” Collection (http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/drilm/index.html). The “Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement” collection at The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley, offers primary sources exploring the social and political history of the disability movement from the 1960s to the present. It consists of more than 100 oral histories with leaders and shapers of the disability rights and independent living movement from the 1960s onward, and an extensive archive of personal papers of activists as well as records of key organizations. The library also houses related collections on artists with disabilities and oral histories of the self-advocacy movement. The collection Web site has information about the collection, as well as interviews and other resources from the collection that are available online.
Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/271). Citation: Gaylord, V. (Ed). (Winter/Spring 2014). Impact: Feature Issue on Stories of Advocacy, Stories of Change from People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Allies (1988-2013), 27(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].