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Curriculum

Protesters carry signs for the League of the Physically Handicapped.
News photo of direct action protesters. Skyland Post, June 25, 1936. Library of Congress, Chronicling America.

Emerging America partnered with advocates and expert educators to create the accessible curriculum linked below. All lessons employ Universal Design for Learning. All emphasize inquiry and creative use of primary sources. View the Learning Standards page for alignment with inclusive curriculum, with a focus on disability history.

Explore the Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse for in-depth guidance on inclusive instruction and materials, including primary source collections and curriculum from organizations nationwide on the Disability History through Primary Sources page. Search the Teaching Resources library for a rich variety of accessible, primary source-based lessons created by teachers for their own unique settings they they created as part of Emerging America Accessing Inquiry graduate courses. 

 

Posters in cards below by Kate DeCiccio, Amplifier: We the Future Are Building Disability Justice - Lydia X. Z. Brown and We the Future Will Not Be Banned - Isra Chaker. In the collections of the Library of Congress. 

Painting of Lydia X. Z. Brown with t-shirt that says Disabled and Proud
Reform to Equal Rights Disability History

Comprehensive 23 inquiry-based lessons in 7 mini-units with 250 primary sources. 

Young woman with blue headscarf/hijab, with small rooftops in the distance behind her. Text against a radiant dawn sky reads "We the Future Will Not Be Banned."
English Learner Collaborations

Language-aware, primary source-rich lessons support all students, especially Multilingual Learners who are still learning English. 

Upcoming Workshops


Inclusion at the 2024 National Council for History Education Conference March 7-9, 2024 - Cleveland - Register Breakout session: Friday 10-10:50am - Rm Veter…
Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners. Extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts –includi…
April 9, 2024 - Sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of America  This one-hour workshop empowers Special Education teachers to foster supportive…