History of Disability

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Smith-Sears Veterans Rehabilitation Act

1918

For the promotion of vocational rehabilitation and return to civil employment of disabled persons discharged from U.S. military

Buck v. Bell case

1927

The Supreme Court of the United States. The court rules in favor of forced sterilization of the feeble-minded

Social Security Act passed

1935

Established federally funded old-age benefits and funds to states for assistance to blind individuals and disabled children

Social Security Amendments

1950

Established a federal-state program to aid permanently and totally disabled persons

Medicare and Medicaid were established

1965

Providing federally subsidized health care to disabled and elderly Americans covered by the Social Security program

American with Disabilities Act signed by Bush

1990

The Act provided comprehensive civil rights protection for people with disabilities