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Prejudice towards the physically disabled has crossed over time and cultures Previously in time people with disabilities have been unrecognized and ignored Nobody knew how to react how to respond or how to help these individuals One of the first acknowledgements in history of the disabled started in primitive England In medieval Europe disability was associated with evil and witchcraft Barnes The Malleus Maleficarum of 1487 the book of evil witches declared that physically disabled children were the product of the mothers intercourse with Satan Barnes Also deformed children were seen as changelings or the Devils substitutes for human children Barnes The idea of anyone with a form of a physical impairment resulted in poor judgment and discrimination against Famous icons were also influences on the discrimination of the disabled In William Shakespeares play Richard III Shakespeare portrays main character Richard as twisted in both body and mind Barnes Richard has a deformity and Shakespeare portrays him as a villain because he cannot be a lover readers through literature and art both classical and popular negatively view Richard Cultural intolerance has additionally been related to environmental settings Distant ancestors lived in such a harsh environment that there was little opportunity to support individuals with impairments who could not take care of themselves Barnes How could people take care of the disabled if they could not even supply for themselves Even Protestant Reformer Martin Luther proclaimed that he saw the Devil in a profoundly disabled child he said if these children lived he recommended killing them Barnes However moving into the eighteenth and nineteenth people attempted to revolutionize and improve how disabled people were treated From the 1850s to the 1890s the idea is to protect people with disabilities from society they are put into institutions History of Services People basically just rounded up the disabled people and threw them in a room together the word institution was used loosely because there were no funds or
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