Disability Studies

Disability studies is a relatively new interdisciplinary academic field focusing on the roles of people with disabilities in history, literature, social policy, law, architecture, and other disciplines.

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century
Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You
Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again.
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt
Growing Up Disabled in Australia
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System
About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times
Golem Girl: A Memoir
The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
Feminist, Queer, Crip
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
The Disability Studies Reader
Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature
Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century
A Disability History of the United States
Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability
Feminist Disability Studies
No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement
Sex and Disability
Disability Theory
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

[The] excited, angry, upset, or calm choreography of fingers fluttering is simultaneously medicalized and moralized: re-encoded as '[an] odd or repetitive way of moving fingers.' The quiet play of a lone child in a busy playground is now seen as a pathological sign pointing not to personal choice or preference or even to social exclusion but to (medical/moral) deviance. ...more
Anne McGuire, War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence

Despite the constant lament that autism is just too costly, a significant or even 'crippling' economic burden for the social whole, the production of the time-rich but not time-efficient body of the autistic child has generated a multibillion dollar 'autism industrial complex. ...more
Anne McGuire, War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence

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