Speaking Up for Disability
This project has given disabled people living in West Sussex the chance to tell their own story.
There are few records in existence that look at disability from the viewpoint of disabled people themselves because historical reports tend to have been written by hospitals, institutions and other care providers. However,this project has explored the hidden histories of disabled people looking at how their experiences of early life, school, work, families, the views of health professionals, and relationships have altered since the 1940s.
Volunteer interviewers have given disabled people and carers the opportunity to record their own views and in so doing have built up a unique archive of first-hand accounts. By working with the West Sussex Records Office, those taking part have created a lasting legacy for future researchers, professionals and the general public in the form of a fully searchable online catalogue as well as an online education pack for teachers.