The history of New Mexico’s journey through disability policy is currently passed orally from one advocate to another. The “movement” has become fractured into smaller, more specifically minded organizations. There has been a concerted effort from members of the various disability advocacy movements to join together and organize but they have struggled to form unity. There is currently no resource that brings together the rich cultural diversity of New Mexico’s population, the stories of parental activism and individual activism, and the federal and state disability policies that are still active today.
The New Mexico Disability Story is a multimedia package, which will includes archival video interviews with members of the New Mexico disability advocacy community, a documentary book that can be used as a textbook or for general audiences and social media platform about the disability movement in New Mexico. Additional staff will continue to engage the public and policy makers in moving forward with advocacy and transparency regarding disability in the state.
Let’s work together to tell the world the great work we have done.
Established in 2014, The New Mexico Disability Story is a research project to study and preserve the rich history of disability advocacy in the State of New Mexico through the collection of oral histories, expert interviews, archives, and literature review. The project will produce a highly accessible, multimodal educational package that will include a documentary book, a feature length documentary, an exhibition, and may include additional educational products as it evolves. It is our intention to travel around the state with this exhibition to ensure all New Mexicans have access to this information.