Out from Under: Canadian Disability History

Trunk used to transport a child's belongings to the Orillia Asylum for Idiots. [Source: ROM] The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is presenting an exhibit April 17- July 13 exploring Canadian disability history. “A display of 13 diverse objects reveals a rich and nuanced history that pays tribute to the resilience, creativity, and the civic and cultural contributions of Canadians with disabilities,” according to the ROM news release. One of those objects is a trunk (left) used to transport a child’s belongings to the Orillia Asylum for Idiots.

Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember is the first exhibit of its kind in Canada. It was produced in collaboration with students, scholars and alumni from Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies. The 13-panel installation premiered in October 2007 at the ten-day Abilities Arts Festival in Toronto.

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One Response to Out from Under: Canadian Disability History

  1. Margot says:

    Great exhibition.

    Here are a few more links if you are interested in the exhibit.

    http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/story.cfm?content=173349
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcOhHJU3EwU

    Currently the exhibition is being packed up and sent to Vancouver to open in conjunction with the Paralympic Games.

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