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In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maryland ​​Department of Disabilities will host a traveling disAbility History Tour throughout Maryland during July and August of 2017. 

Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves will be on loan from the Museum of disAbility History.​  This four panel display traces the advocacy movement from early educational facilities to the development of organizations established for and by individuals with disabilities. In addition to the loaned panels, the department added a fifth display designed by the Maryland Association of Centers for Independent Living outlining disability history in Maryland. 

There are a variety of ways to access the panels:

ASL Videos 
(Provided by Institute for Disabilities Research and Training (IDRT)

Panel One ASL Link
Panel Two ASL Link
Panel Three ASL Link
Panel Four ASL Link
Panel Five ASL Link​

​Audio Files
(Provided by Insight on disABILITY Radio 680 AM on Sundays at 7pm​)

​Panel One Audio
Panel Two Audio 

Panel Three Audio
Panel Four Audio
Panel Five Audio

Large Print and Image Description

Panel One Large Print Link
Panel Two Large Print Link
Panel Three Large Print Link
Panel Four Large Print Link
Panel Five Large Print Link​​

​Text and Image Description

Panel One Text Link
Panel Two Text Link
Panel Three Text  Link
Panel Four Text Link
Panel Five Text Link​​

Visit Display

Viewing the displays is free and open to the public.  Make sure you contact the facility directly to verify the hours they are open. The phone numbers and website links are provided below.  Braille copies of the display text will be available at each location. Click here to view the Disability History Panels​.​

Questions or accommodation requests can be directed to Carrie McGraw at 410.767.3660 or carrie.mcgraw@marylandgov​.

​July 24th-July 27th

Central Maryland


Miller Senate Office Building –2nd Fl       

11 Bladen St, Annapolis, MD 21401
Open 9am-5pm with photo ID for security

July 31st-August 2nd


​Central Maryland ​​Southeast Anchor ​Library
3601 Eastern Avenue  Baltimore MD 21224

Call for hours (410) 396-1580

​August 4th


Registration required

​Central Maryland ​Lowe House Office Building 

6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Pre-Registration Required

​August 8th - August 12th

Reception August 8th

Registration required

Western Maryland​ Washington County Free Library

100 South Potomac Street Hagerstown MD

Call for hours (301) 739-3250

​August 15th - August 19th

Reception August 15th

Registration required

Southern Mayland​ PD Brown Memorial Library

50 Village St, Waldorf, MD 20602

Call for hours (301) 645-2864

​August 22nd - August 26th Eastern Shore​ Kent County Public Library

408 High Street Chestertown, MD 21620

Call for hours (410) 778-3636

Thank you to our sponsors:
  • ​Maryland Relay/Telecommunications Access of Maryland
  • The Arc Maryland 
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources 
  • The Developmental Disabilities Administration​
  • The Developmental Disabilities ​​​Council
  • Maryland State Department of Education
  • Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services 
  • Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation                                                               ​
  • The Thomas Curtis Family Charitable Fund
  • Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of ​Hearing
  • Maryland Department of Disabilities
  • Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
  • Insight on disABILITY Radio Show 680 AM
  • Institute for Disabilities Research and Training