Forum: Disability and Employment: Introduction

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Stephanie Patterson
Pamela Block


disability, employment


Niel Bohrs’ famous quote “Nothing exists until it is measured” (as cited in Ross, 1997) refers to quantum physics, but it can also be applied to the history of disability and employment. Scholarly information concerning this history is almost nonexistent.  While cursory examination of employment issues may be included in discussions about past social movements and legislation, these discourses are often anecdotal and always secondary to the main topic. With few exceptions (studies on freak shows, for example) it appears that scholarly, historical pieces specifically about disabled people as workers are rare...

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Ross, K. L. (1997). Kantian Quantum Mechanics. The Proceedings of the Friesian School, Fourth Series [Self-published electronic journal]. Retrieved from