This blog post will tell you where to start if you want to learn more about disability history. 

You can also read our blog post about disability history for a short introduction. 


Rolling Warrior by Judith Heumann 

A memoir of the work of American disability activist Judy Heumann, for young adults. Judy battled for equal access in an unequal world-from fighting to go to  school after being described as a "fire hazard" because of her wheelchair, to challenging the New York City school system. The system denied her a teacher's license because of her disability.   

There is also a version of Judy's book for adults, called Being Heumann.  

Disability Pride by Ben Mattin  

Disabled writer Ben Mattin writes about the diversity of the disability community and how disability representation has changed since the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

You can read about how disability is celebrated in different parts of society, from social media and fashion to Hollywood and Bollywood. 

Different Not Less by Chloe Hayden 

Different Not Less is the first book by autistic actress and advocate Chloe Hayden.   


Movies and TV shows 

Then Barbara Met Alan  

Then Barabara Met Alan is a film based on the true story of disability activists Barbara Lisicki and Alan Holdsworth. Barbara and Alan met at a pub and started to lead protests across the United Kingdom with the slogan 'Piss on Pity.' 

The film is an entertaining and empowering introduction to disability rights in the United Kingdom.   


Defiant Lives  

Defiant Lives is about the disability rights movement in Australia, Britain and the United States. You can see interviews with various disability advocates, including British actress Liz Carr, and learn about how the global disability community has worked together to make the world more accessible and inclusive. 


CripCamp is a documentary about the fight for disability rights in America. The documentary follows a group of young people with disability who attend a summer camp and, later, work together to make America more accessible for people with disability. 


Disability advocate Jen Brea has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). She interviews others with the condition and teaches audiences about it while documenting the worldwide advocacy of millions of ME/CFS patients.  


The Disability History Association podcast 

This podcast has two or more disabled people having a conversation in each episode about a different part of disability history.  

For example, an episode from March 2023 is about disability history in Eastern Europe. 

Most of the episodes go for an hour or more. 

Yarning Disability 

Hosted by First People's Disability Network, this podcast shares the powerful stories of First Nations people with disability.  

Listen to Yarning Disability on the FPDN website. 

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Included: The Disability Equity Podcast 

Included challenges  Hard to understand.stereotypes ideas about a group of people that are not always true] about disability by sharing research and stories from disabled people. 

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