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Disability Rights and Resources to Host Disability History Exhibit

March 12, 2014
Source: Disability Rights & Resources

What was life in the past like for persons with disabilities? The Disability History Exhibit is a twenty-two panel installation that traces over 5000 years of seldom-told history. On display now at Disability Rights & Resources!

Disability Rights & Resources will feature a Disability History Exhibit on display through May 9 at its new facility located at 1418 6th Ave N. in the Birmingham historic Civil Rights District. The Disability History Exhibit was originally created by Minnesota-based non-profit Advocating Change Together (ACT), and the display is currently on loan from People First of Alabama.

The installation features twenty-two panels illustrating the ongoing revolution of disability from 3500 BC through 2005. The powerful panels present a striking timeline on the evolving moral, medical and social viewpoints regarding persons with disabilities. Disability Rights & Resources partnered with the Birmingham Museum of Art to make the Disability History Exhibit fully accessible; it is installed so that wheelchair users can easily read the panels and mobile audio tours are available for blind persons. The mobile audio tour can be accessed by calling (205) 453-8159, or by going to, and click the link to the mobile audio tour.

Dan Kessler, Executive Director of Disability Rights and Resources, said “Not only is this the first time the exhibit has truly been made accessible, but it focuses on a part of history that is so important but yet so rarely talked about. It is an extremely unique and powerful experience.”

Regions Bank is serving as the corporate sponsor of the Disability History Exhibit. Kathy Lovell, the ADA Manager at Regions Bank, stated: "Regions is glad to be so closely involved with Disability Rights & Resources, both as a sponsor of this Disability History Exhibit and of the organizations wide variety of vital programs. The bank is committed to making its products and services accessible to everyone in the communities it serves.”

The Disability History Exhibit is open for public viewing Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, with tours for groups of 10 or more available by appointment on evenings and Saturdays. Admission is free.

About Disability Rights & Resources:

Disability Rights & Resources, located in the Civil Rights District of Birmingham, Alabama, helps the community unleash the “Power of Hope and Freedom.” Through advocacy, education, and community involvement, Disability Rights & Resources promotes an independent and fulfilling lifestyle for people with disabilities. “The Power of Hope and Freedom” is more than a campaign; it is a way of life. Disability Rights & Resources seeks to create an environment of equality for all. For more information, visit or call 205-251-2223.

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