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Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium

Western Pennsylvania Disability History & Action Consortium

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December 2020 Newsletter

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Bob Nelkin Remembers Tom Gilhool

A photo of Bob NelkinBob Nelkin, retired CEO of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, has penned an open letter to present-day disability rights activists about the legacy of Tom Gilhool. It’s a powerful retelling of the disability rights movement in Pennsylvania and attorney Tom Gilhool’s pivotal role in creating lasting change for people with disabilities...[READ MORE]

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University Wins Grant to Tell Stories of Institutionalization

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University was awarded a $350,000 grant from the Pew Center of Arts & Heritage for a community-based storytelling project. “Reclaiming our Past, Constructing Our Future: A Collaborative Exploration of the Pennhurst Archive” will interpret the history and ongoing impact of the institutionalization of people with disabilities...[READ MORE]

Accessible Transportation Symposium an Engaging Evening

Magic Carpet transit brochureMany thanks to those who joined us on October 8 for “History and Future of Accessible Transportation: From Exclusion to Autonomy.” More than 90 attendees logged in to this event via Zoom. After opening remarks from Mariruth Leftwich, Director of Learning at Heinz History Center, and Mary Hartley, Project Director of the Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium, long-time transportation advocate John Tague gave an overview of how accessible transportation is essential to independence for people with disabilities...[READ MORE]

Watch "Exclusion to Automony: The History and Future of Accessible Transportation"

Heinz History Center Tells Nellie Bly Story

Nineteenth century journalist Nellie Bly, or Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman to use her given name, is well known for exposing conditions at New York’s Women’s Lunatic Asylum in an act of groundbreaking undercover journalism. A new digital project, called “Women Forging the Way,” produced by the Heinz History Center, highlights another of her significant accomplishments...[READ MORE]

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