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

An article from a New York City newspaper, February 4, 1947, from the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Records (Collection 1923). Box 1186, Folder 5, Item 6.

Patsy Ruth Fergus was blind girl who was prohibited from bringing her seeing-eye dog to a Los Angeles school because of potential harm to other students. News of her situation spread nationally and drew the attention and letters from people across the country, including students, members of the armed forces, incarcerated people, university staff, and blind people.

The UCLA Library Special Collections has archived some of the letters and news articles related to Fergus’ story. Read more about Patsy Ruth Fergus and her example of disability rights in the original article by Bri McKenna.