Finding collections relating to d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people

One of the aims of our project is to make collections relating to d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people more visible – and to share some of the objects our Fellows and Trainees are discovering.

Some will have quite obvious connections to disabled people’s lives – a walking stick, some braille or images of disabled people. But we will also be exploring less obvious connections too. Sometimes the significance of an object is its owner; its part in a bigger story, or the way someone with lived experience of disability has responded to it. In this way we hope to broaden the ways that d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent stories are told.



Rights information: Courtesy of NDACA


Photograph of a protest outside the ITV studies by disabled people.

On 27 May 1990, and 18 July 1990, thousands of disabled people gathered outside ITV studios in London to protest the patronising portrayal of disabled people as objects of pity by the charity fundraiser telethon. The protests were successful in bringing an end to the telethon in 1993, and its demise highlighted publicly that disabled people were not helpless or passive.