Americans With Disabilities Act To commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Archives is featuring Presidential records related to disability history on a new web research page. Following that theme, below is a brief description of how FDR's disability affected the design of his private retreat and of the … Continue reading Found in the Archives
Infantile Paralysis Wishing Well (MO 1943.161.5) In 1921, at the age of 39, Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio and became paralyzed from the waist down. For the rest of his life, FDR was committed to finding a way to rehabilitate himself as well as others afflicted with infantile paralysis. In 1934, Roosevelt began using the occasion … Continue reading From the Museum – Infantile Paralysis Wishing Well
January 8, 1958 "NEW YORK—I came home from Warm Springs, Ga., and the 20th anniversary celebration of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis with a feeling of great hope. I was delighted that the foundation looks upon its present achievements not as an ending, but as a beginning, and my hope is that it will … Continue reading Eleanor Roosevelt – My Day: January 8-14
January 3, 1938: FDR establishes the March of Dimes. The original name for this organization was the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis. Franklin D. Roosevelt waving a check representing the proceeds from the first Birthday Ball in the White House. February 1, 1934 FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 82-71(20).
December 31, 1948 "NEW YORK, Thursday—...Yesterday I was presented with the "1949 Dime Hat," which was designed and created by Dorothy Gordon to commemorate the new March of Dimes Campaign for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The brim of the hat is turned up on the left side and under the basket weave of … Continue reading Eleanor Roosevelt – My Day: December 22-31