Kansas Disability History

Since its entry into the Union in 1861 as the 34th state, Kansas has played a number of important roles and made many significant contributions to the history of the United States. To be included in this list are several important events to people with disabilities living in both Kansas and around the rest of the country. Some have been things directly impacting the area of disability while others have been made by people with disabilities who made significant impacts on the entire population.

We cannot hope to present a full list of the many things which deserve to be included on this compilation. We do, however, intend to present some which will be representative of the many we miss with respect to their importance and lasting value to life in Kansas.

                                                                                                                     ~Sanford Alexander

The Disability Rights Center has a Disability Awareness Project that reviews some of the events in Kansas history that have improved access and protection of people with disabilities. 
  • Kansas Independent Living History

  • Kansas Intellectual/Developmental Disability History

  • Kansas Mental Health Disability History

  • Kansas Blind and Visually Impaired History

  • Kansas Parent Movement

  • Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy

  • Ms. Wheelchair Kansas

  • Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC)