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Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement
A Web-Based Instructional, Discussion, and Wiki Program
Disability History Wiki
This multimedia website profiles the experiences of some of the key leaders in the developmental disabilities movement from 1845 through the present through historical trends and public and professional perceptions. This includes the evolving context of acceptance of and services available to persons with disabilities, the features of effective leadership, and the different styles of leadership required for sustainable change.
As in the past, the developmental disabilities field will need visionary leaders to look beyond the realities of today; knowledge leaders who can challenge and advance what we know; organizational leaders who organize and inspire others; policy leaders to rethink public policy; opinion leaders to change what we think about the status quo; communications leaders who advance public attitudes, opinions, and change the way people view the world and the people in it; and motivational leaders who, by example, can show us how we can become leaders in this movement to support people with disabilities.
The presentations on this website are just a beginning.
We need you
Our primary audience includes people with interest in the past, present, and future of the developmental disabilities field, including current and future leaders in the field. Many individuals who have worked in the area of disabilities since the 1960s and 1970s have important experiences, insightful stories, and archival materials that will add breadth and depth to this website. We envision this group of leaders greatly expanding the history at primary and second branch levels. Younger ”future” leaders will be the beneficiaries of this history and we hope will also develop connections from historical events to contemporary issues. Through the wiki approach this history will expand and evolve, connecting more and more events and people working toward a common cause.
Development of this website was funded by a grant from the MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation.