Little Differences: The Portrayal of Children with disABILITIES Throughout History

March 27 - May 3, 2019

The Gallery at the Sheen Center

Little Differences: The Portrayal of Children with disABILITIES Throughout History. An accompanying exhibit to the play, “All Our Children.”
Presented in conjunction with The Museum of disABILITY History, Buffalo, New York and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Inspired by the play by Stephen Unwin, “All Our Children”, the exhibit “Little Differences: The Portrayal of Children with DisAbilities Throughout History” explores the treatment of disabled children throughout history. The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has a legacy of caring for vulnerable New Yorkers – non-Catholics and Catholics alike – for 100 plus years, across the ten counties of the New York metropolitan area, with compassion and dignity. Through the contributions of dedicated religious and laity, Catholic Charities agencies began their legacy of caring for children in the 19th century. That legacy of care continues today in the specialized services dedicated to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable children with developmental disabilities. Through a network of almost 90 Agencies, and valued community partners, in addition to protecting and nurturing children and youth, Catholic Charities feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless, strengthens families and resolves crisis, supports the physically and emotionally challenged, and welcomes and integrates immigrants and refugees.

Also included in the exhibit are two haunting photographs courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, two group portrait of pupils in the first and third grade at a Jewish school in Karlsruhe, Germany that had been relocated to one floor at the Holzbodengymnasium a special school for mentally disabled children established by the Nazi regime. The children soon became victims of the Nazi holocaust.

The intention of the exhibit is not only to shed light on the tragic history of the treatment of disabled children, it is to inspire visitors to support programs, such as Catholic Charities of New York, whose efforts provide the supports these children need to be full and successful members of a just society.


Opening Reception: Mar. 28, 6-8 PM

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