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Making the invisible visible: the hidden history of families, schools, civil rights, media and science in the production of learning disabilities

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Two generations ago, there were virtually no ‘LD children’ in the United States. Yet by 2008, they had become 15% of the national student population. A series of remarkable institutional, legal, scientific and cultural changes have coalesced over this period, creating a sea-change in the American imaginary. Yet these large-scale transformations often began in domestic experiences of anger and desperation: the work of families with atypical children was central to these developments. This presentation highlights the unanticipated activism on the part of parents which helped to shape new understandings of human variability and the hierarchies in which social differences are embedded.

There will be tea before the lecture, at 4pm in Seminar Room 1, and a drinks reception afterwards, at 6pm in Seminar Room 1.

This talk is part of the Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine series.

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