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Indiana Disability History Project Indiana Disability History Lesson Plans is a Course

Indiana Disability History Lesson Plans



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The Indiana Disability History Project has created four ready-to-use lesson plans in PDF format about disability history in Indiana for use by teachers of grades 4 through 6. The lessons, “From Segregation to Integration: Oral History About the Education of Children with Disabilities,” draw from primary sources comprising video interviews from the Project’s online oral history collection. The training materials were produced with support from the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities.


To provide free educational materials enabling elementary school teachers to include disability history in the curriculum. 

Technology Requirements

Lesson plans to be utilized in a classroom with a visual display and Internet connection that grants access to YouTube online. All video clips in the lessons are accessed via YouTube. The teacher’s computer must have an internet browser and PDF viewing software such as Acrobat Reader.


Lessons topics are (1) Children with Disabilities in the Age of Institutions (2) Educating Children with Disabilities without Public Schools (3) Students with Disabilities in Segregated Public Education (4) The Integration of Students with Disabilities into Classrooms. Each Lesson includes several short, captioned video interview excerpts. Videos are introduced with a Guiding Question for students to think about as they watch, and Things to Know (historical facts related to the excerpt). Discussion questions and a glossary of terms complete the lesson. An optional short quiz for each lesson is available on 


These materials are offered at no cost but enrollment is required. 

How to Access

This course is offered through IU Expand and Canvas at Indiana University. Upon enrolling, you will receive instructions by email with the link to Canvas. Be sure to accept that invitation or Canvas will not allow you to open the course.

Length: Lesson plans are for four approximately 40-minute class periods.


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Audience: Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade elementary school teachers

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