A child coloring in a large heart with colored pencils

Unit 3, Civil Rights and Social Change, provides language arts, civics and history, and math lessons that explore disability as a social justice and civil rights issue, both in the United States and around the world. It reminds us that disability has been part of our shared social history and a growing part of global human rights concerns.

Posturized photograph of a protest on the steps of the US Capitol.
“We will no longer allow the Government to oppress disabled individuals; we will accept no more discussion of segregation.” – Judy Heuman, Human Rights Advocate and Co-Founder of the World Institute on Disability. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973 reads: “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by person of his handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funding assistance.”