In this episode of Hidden Brain, the history of the eugenics movement and how it led to forced sterilizations for the "feeble minded" in the United States is reviewed. The case of three generations of a family are described, including how their situation led to the 1927 U.S. Supreme Court decision, known as Buck v. Bell. In that decision, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote that "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."
Until her 17th birthday, Caroline Casey (2010) did not know she was legally blind. Her parents had chosen not to tell her and she assumed that her eyesight was similar to that of other people who wore glasses. Was she disabled?
Andrew Solomon explores what it's like for parents of children who are profoundly different or likely to be stigmatized.
In this TedTalk, comedian Stella Young (who died unexpectedly in 2014) explains why having a disability did not "automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity."