The Disability Community of Toledo

The Disability Community has always been an important and vital part of Toledo’s history. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual with a disability “has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.” Since the early 19th century, people with disabilities have been advocating for their community and helping to ensure that Toledo can be a home for everyone. The history of the Disability Community is complex and diverse, and this exhibit hopes to shed light on some of the people and organizations that make up that history.

This exhibit contains some incidences of outdated language describing the Disability Community. For more information, see Toledo Lucas County Public Library's sensitive content statement.