Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember

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Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember is a traveling exhibition that explores the history of disability within the lives of Canadians.

The exhibition was produced in collaboration with students, scholars and alumni from the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University.[1] The exhibition originated from a special topic seminar designed to uncover the hidden history of disability in Canada. Each student identified an artifact to explore that represented a particular moment in Canadian disability history. Thirteen objects were then selected for the exhibition, revealing narratives that pay homage to the resilience, creativity, and the civic and cultural contributions of Canadians with disabilities. Accompanying interpretive texts help confront stereotypical representations of disability such as pity, inspiration or freak, helping to illustrate the complexity of disability struggles for social and political acknowledgement, identity, survival and remembrance.

Out from Under is curated by three faculty members from Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies.

Exhibition components[edit]

Each objects’ history is represented by a single word title: Digging, Labouring, Dressing, Fixing, Measuring, Naming, Breathing, Remembering, Packing, Trailblazing, Struggling, Leading and Aspiring.

Accessibility features[edit]

American Sign Language Video podcast of all exhibit text in American Sign Language.

Audio description and Touch Stations Audio podcasts of all exhibit text with detailed audio descriptions and touch stations profiling selected objects.

Braille Booklets Braille copies of exhibit text including participant profiles.

Exhibition catalogue[edit]

A 60-page color catalogue entitled “Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember” (2008) was produced by the School of Disability Studies.

Exhibition history[edit]

March 9 to March 21, 2010, Cultural Olympiad exhibition (UBC Robson Square), Vancouver, Canada[2][3]

April 17 to July 13, 2008, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada[4][5][6][7]

October 25 to October 31, 2007, Abilities Arts Festival (at the Columbus Centre), Toronto, Canada


Access Award for Disability Issues, 2008.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember". Ryerson University. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  2. ^ Penner, D. (January 26, 2010). "Unlikely Art Stars Prepare for Vancouver Olympics". Now Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  3. ^ Frazee, C. (November 19, 2009). "Cultural Olympiad Display Features Activist Disability History at UBC Robson Square". The University of British Columbia. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Past exhibitions". Royal Ontario Museum. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  5. ^ Goar, C. (April 21, 2008). "Sad chapter of Canadian history". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  6. ^ ""Out From Under" exhibition opens at the Royal Ontario Museum". Ryerson University. April 18, 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  7. ^ Henderson, H. (April 16, 2008). "Personal stories tell disability history". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  8. ^ Mercurio, A. (December 4, 2008). "School of Disability Studies exhibit honoured with 2008 Access Award for Disability Issues". Ryerson University. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 

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