Disability in the time of COVID (HS)

Lesson 1

This lesson looks at the impact of the eugenics movement on the rights of disabled people. This lesson focuses on how disabled people have been impacted by COVID-19.



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Discussion Questions:

  1. When was the Eugenics movement? Why did it become popular? 
  2. What are some of the challenges that disabled people face? How has COVID made these challenges worse? 
  3. Think about the environment around you. How accessible is it? Are there wheelchair ramps at the entrances/exits? Handicap bathrooms? Elevators? Are all of the spaces you interact with accessible? (Think home, school, public transportation, etc…)
  4. What are some ways that spaces can be more accessible? What can you do to make spaces more accessible?
  5. How are disability justice and ableism intersectional issues?