Comments about Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember

With the upcoming celebration of the School of Disability Studies’ new partnership with the Human Rights Museum of Canada and Out From Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember moving to Winnipeg, it seems like a good time to post some comments and photos from the exhibits time in London, ON. To view Out From Under online please go to …

The entrance to the Out From Under exhibit

“I can’t imagine – I had older cousins who were housed in an institution for a genetic disorder. I didn’t realize parental access would be so restrictive.”

“A Very powerful exhibit that opens a world to us that perhaps we would never have known of. We cannot unsee what we have seen today, this exhibit changes the lives of all of its viewers.”

“I am so impressed by this exhibition as a whole – subject matter and execution – and personally touched by Sandra Phillip’s observations in “Dressing” … I remember visiting my aunt as a child at Palmerston in the 70’s and having enduring memories of the dehumanizing nature of the intuitional setting. She is happily de-institutionalized now and gets to pick her own clothes – I was made aware how important that small freedom is. Thank you.”


A woman looking at the ‘Struggling’ section of the exhibit

“It was great to expand our knowledge on this part of Canadian history.”

“So powerful… reminding us of a part of history that we must not forget of ever repeat. A reminder of the value of every human being and the dignity and respect that all deserve and should demand.”

“I am left speechless. A moving and powerful exhibit.”

A group of people looking at the exhibit.

“Wonderful work to portray the indignities people with disabilities have endured and overcome! I am proud to be an alumni of the Disability Studies program!”

“Great exhibit. It is amazing how far we have come. We still have so much work left to do.”

“This exhibit moved me so much because despite all of the struggles there is still hope.”

“Take hold of the tools once used to push you under … powerful and moving.”

Kathryn Church surrounded by a group of people.

“I only wish there was more – we have so much history to share. I hope this project grows and reaches more people.”

“A moving exhibit that rightly should reach a much wider audience so it can challenge the limited and limiting perception of disability and those who live with it.”

“An extremely powerful and moving exhibit. This work on issues of disability/ability and mental health is essential for moving us forward as a society. Excellent installation – I am so glad I was able to experience it.”

“Thanks for this fantastic thought-provoking exhibit, poignant, well-articulated summaries and the real objects that once belonged to real people with real lives, often facing terrible injustice and indignity is very moving.”


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