[Source: To the Max]
“Any person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated, or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object, or an improper person to be allowed in or on the streets, highways, thoroughfares or public places in the City of County of San Francisco, shall not therein or thereon expose himself or herself to public view.”
I read the above “Ugly Law” from 1867, directed at people with disabilities, in an online exhibit “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America.” Just launched by the Smithsonian Institution, it examines all things related to disability, from stereotypes to technology, and includes thought-provking and informative text, historical photos of people with disabilities, along with images of old-time equipment such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and adaptive skis. There’s even a memorable poem. The site, the first of its kind, is designed to be accessible to all users, including those using specialized software for vision and hearing impairments.