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Resources:  Readings and Websites

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.
  • Boster, D. African American slavery and disability: Bodies, property and power in the antebellum south, 1800-1860 New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Carlson, Licia. The faces of intellectual disability. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Kafer, Allison. Feminist, queer, cripem> Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013.
  • 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.
  • Ott, K.; Serlin, D.; & Mihm, S. (Eds.). Artificial parts, practical lives: Modern histories of prosthetics. New York: New York University Press, 2002
  • 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.
  • Price, Margaret. Mad at school. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011.
  • Pullin, G.  Design meets disability, MIT Press, 2011
  • Smith, B. & Hutchison, B. (Eds.). Gendering disability. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004.
  • Sandahl, C. & Auslander, P. Bodies in commotion: Disability and Performance.Ann Arbor: MI: University of Michigan Press, 2005.


  • Disability History Museum: The Disability History Museum hosts a Library of virtual artifacts, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.
  • Disability Studies Quarterly: Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities.
  • Films Involving Disability: This site presents a detailed list of 2,500 feature films which involve in one way or another various disabilities.
  • Media and Disability Resources: These resources are connected to Beth Haller‘s 2010 book, Representing Disability in an Ableist World. Essays on Mass Media.
  • Mouth: Voice of the Disability Nation: Archived issues of the newsletter.
  • Museum of Disability History: The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. The Museum’s exhibits, collections, archives and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery.
  • The Ragged Edge: Archived Ragged Edge Newletters.
  • Society for Disability Studies: The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of disability in social, cultural, and political contexts. Disability Studies recognizes that disability is a key aspect of human experience, and that the study of disability has important political, social, and economic implications for society as a whole, including both disabled and nondisabled people.