Children of various ages sit in a hallway, several of them in wheelchairs

Children of various ages sit in a hallway, several of them in wheelchairs.

Children admitted with polio sit in the hallway at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. Polio epidemics cause major panics in the United States, and thousands of men, women, and children were struck by the polio virus. Many survivors lived with disabilities as a result of the disease.

Photograph By Ferman, 1951

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Those with disabilities share their personal stories.

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Missouri History Museum exhibition

Americans with Disabilities Act: 20 Years Later.
June 26, 2010
to Jan 8, 2012

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