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Disability Rights 1947: Patsy Ruth Fergus and Her Seeing-Eye Dog

This web story details how Patsy Ruth Fergus's activism changed history. Written by Ph.D. student Bri McKenna, their web story uses Library Special Collections primary source materials to further their research.
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Patsy Ruth with her dogPatsy Ruth Fergus with her seeing-eye dog

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Bri McKenna (she/they) is a Ph.D. student in the UCLA Sociology Department focusing on disability in legislation and education. Their master’s thesis analyzed how U.S. senators use references to disabled people in Congressional hearings, and their dissertation will look at disability, race and gender in U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments. In the summer of 2022, she was a research scholar in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) at UCLA Library Special Collections, where she delved into the history of education for disabled people in the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education collection(opens in a new tab).