When Bill Met Shelley: No disability could keep them apart - This is a beautiful story about two people with intellectual impairments who fell in love and were determined to (and did) get married. It is a great window into how people who others often look down on, feel awkward around, and make assumptions about can lead richly fulfilling lives.
The article mentions that in earlier generations, Bill and Shelley may have been institutionalized, forcibly sterilized, or prohibited by law from marriage. Sadly, it doesn't mention that were they to be conceived today, with diagnoses of Down Syndrome and hydrocephalus they would be deemed unable to have worthwhile lives and likely aborted.
The abandoned DeJarnette Center for Human Development (formerly the DeJarnette State Sanitorium) in Staunton, Virginia
Site of forced sterilizations of the "feebleminded" and "inferior" from the 1920s through the 1970s, named after Dr Joseph DeJarnette, a leading eugenicist and Hitler admirer
A Life Defined Not By Disability, But By Love - A sweet glimpse of a single, intellectually disabled mom raising her daughter.