Refocus: Resources

There is extensive literature on disability, deafness, disability studies, disability rights, disability culture, universal design, etc.  These books and websites are just a sampling to get you started.


Bell, C.  Blackness and disability: critical examinations and cultural interventions.  Michigan State University Press, 2012.

Berger, R. Introducing disability studies.  Lynne Rienner, 2013.

Burch, S. and Kafer, A. (eds.). Deaf and disability studies: interdisciplinary perspectives.  Gallaudet University Press, 2002.

Burgstahler, S. and Cory, R.  Universal design in higher education: from principles to practice.  Harvard Education Press, 2008.

Clare, E. (1999).  Exiile and pride: disability, queerness, and liberation.  South End Press.

Davis, Lennard (editor). The disability studies reader (4th edition). New York: Routledge, 2013.

Haller, B.  Representing disability in an ableist world: essays on mass media.  Avocado Press, 2010.

Johnson, Allan. Privilege, power, and difference (2nd edition).  New York: McGraw Hill, 2006.

Linton, S.  Claiming disability: knowledge and identity.  New York: University Press, 1998.

Nielsen, K. A history of disability of the United States.  Beacon Press, 2012.

Padden, C. and Humphries, T.  Deaf In America: voices from a culture.  Harvard University Press, 1988.

Padden, C. and Humphries, T.  Inside deaf culture.  Harvard University Press, 2006.

Pelka, Fred.  What have we done: an oral history of the disability rights movement.  University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

Pullin, G.  Design meets disability, MIT Press, 2011


Disability history museum

Disability studies quarterly

Films involving disability

Media and disability resources

Mouth: voice of the disability nation

Museum of disability history

The ragged edge

Society for disability studies