Showing posts from January, 2017

The Future We Want: Demanding Rights for People with Disabilities during the Spanish Democratic Transition (∗)

By Mercedes del Cura “Achieving 17 goals for the future we want” is the theme chosen in 2016 to celebrate the International Day of People with disabilities. The slogan reminds us of the gap that in spite of the great steps which have been made towards integration and recognition, still exists in creating a more inclusive and equitable world. A society in which people with disabilities will be able to decide about their lives, taking an active part in political processes and decisions that could affect them. In the case of Spain, the political discourse during the democratic transition period built the foundations towards an inclusive future. Franco’s death in 1975 opened up public interest for intense social and political participation; social movements became an essential tool for building a democratic country 1 . Concerning the stigmatisation of disability, a change of discourse and representation could be observed. Critical attitudes already existing in the last years of th

Winter Break

While a cold wind is blowing over Europe, football players as well as brown bears hold their annual winter sleep, Christmas trees are being burned and many are trying to lose some weight after the New Year celebrations, the Public Disability History blog will be silent for some weeks. From the beginning of February we will be back with more refreshing reflections on the many connections that can be made between disability, history and the public. Do not hesitate, however, to contact us in the mean-time in case you would like to contribute. We’ll add you to our annual schedule and reserve one of our precious slots!