This interactive activity helps students understand how polio affected the lives of Americans throughout the 20th century. Got Ramps? illustrates the changes in architectural barriers between 1955 and 2005, before and after the Architectural Barriers Act (1968) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). Playing the part of a wheelchair user, students choose a postcard and make the decisions required to deliver it to the post office. They can then email the virtual postcard to someone that they know. This game is part of the online exhibition, Whatever Happened to Polio?
Organization: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Audience: Students (Grades 3-12), history enthusiasts, disability rights advocates
Role: Project manager, content developer