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MDRC cultivates disability pride and strengthens the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.


  • Samuel Heinicke establishes first oral school for the deaf in the world in Germany.
  • Charles Michel Abbe del' Epee establishes first free school for the deaf in the world, Paris, France.


Thomas Braidwood opened first school for the deaf in England.


Arnoldi, a German pastor, believed education of the deaf should begin as early as four years.


Abba Silvestri opened first school for the deaf in Italy in Rome.


In Paris, Pinel unshackles people with mental illnesses.

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