Abandoned to their fate : a history of social policy toward people labeled severely disabled

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  • Drawing from scholarly records, institutional archives, original photography and popular media, Abandoned to their fate traces the historical origins of the social stereotypes and exclusionary practices toward people with disabilities. Beginning in the Middle Ages and concluding with the modern shift toward independent living and community inclusion, this program foces on the moral, aesthetic and economic policies that shaped the lives of people with disabilities.


  • Based on the research and lectures of Philip Ferguson.
  • Originally produced: 1997.
  • DVD, NTSC.
  • Closed-captioned.
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