Indiana Disability History Project

First-hand accounts of the disability rights movement and the experiences of Hoosiers with disabilities.

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Bonnie Smith - It's...

“It was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life.” In the 1970s, Bonnie Smith was having difficulties providing care at home for her adolescent son Brooks. After seeking assistance, it was determined Brooks would…

Featured Exhibits

Muscatatuck: The End of

This online exhibit by the Indiana Disability History Project examines the end of an 85-year-old state institution, through video-recorded oral history and newly digitized audio interviews from the years just…

Hoosier Advocates

Betty Williams in Pink Dress

This photograph shows Betty Louise Williams (1959-2018) as a young girl, wearing a pink dress. Betty grew up in Richmond, Indiana in the 1960s and 70s. She became a leader in the self-advocacy…


Disability History Timeline

Indiana Disability History Timeline

From 1816 to the present, view the progression of important dates and events in Indiana's disability history.