(See also Intersectional Disability Resources, a list prepared by Alice Wong, Disability Visibility Project and posted on Reclamation Press.)
Books & ArticlesSeeing Beyond Sight, by Tony Deifell — photographs by blind teenagers — "What are you thinking, teaching photography to blind people?"
Deaf Resource Library - Deaf General Bibliography
Silence is a four-letter word: On art and deafness by Raymond Luczak, The Tactile Mind Press, 2003
Where I Stand: On the Signing Community and My DeafBlind Experience, by John Lee Clark.
Disability/Postmodernity: Embodying Disability Theory, by Mairian Corker (Editor), Tom Shakespeare (Editor) – explores what post-modernist and post-structuralist scholarship can contribute to our understandings of disability and the diverse experience of disabled people.
Bogdan, Robert. Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and
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Fiedler, Leslie. Freaks: Myths and Images of the Secret Self. New York:
Terry, Jennifer and Urla, Jacqueline, eds. Deviant Bodies. Indianapolis:
Indiana University Press, 1995.
Thomson, Rosemarie Garland, ed. Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the
Extraordinary Body. New York: New York University Press, 1996.
Clare, Eli (Elizabeth). Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation.
South End Press, 1999.
Fries, Kenny. Body, Remember: A memoir. New York: Dutton, 1997.
Fries, Kenny. In the Province of the Gods. University of Wisconsin Press, 2017.
Fries, Kenny. In the Gardens of Japan: A Poem Sequence. Garden Oak Press, 2017.
Luczak, Raymond, The Kinda Fella I Am. Reclamation Press. 2018. Raymond guides us through the ups and downs of everyday life through the eyes of queer disabled men.
OToole, Corbett Joan, Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History, Reclamation Press, 2016. Funny and engaging, Corbett pulls the curtains back on the humor and pathos of living as a disabled queer in a world that doesn’t welcome either with open arms.
Shakespeare, Tom, Gillespie-Sells, Kath, & Davies, Dominic. The Sexual Politics of Disability: Untold Desires. Cassell Academic, 1997.
Tremain, Shelley,ed. Pushing the Limits -- disabled dykes produce culture.
Toronto: Women's Press, 1996.
Alexander, Caroline. Faces of War, Smithsonian Magazine, February 2007 – Wounded tommies facetiously called it "The Tin Noses Shop." Located within the 3rd London General Hospital, its proper name was the "Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department"; either way, it represented one of the many acts of desperate improvisation borne of the Great War, which had overwhelmed all conventional strategies for dealing with trauma to body, mind and soul.
Burch, Susan, Ph.D. The Encyclopedia of American Disability History. New York: InfoBase Publishing, 2009. Foreword by Paul K. Longmore, Ph.D. – Like race and gender, disability has recently become a critical field of study in examining our nation’s heritage.
Christiansen, John B. and Barnartt, Sharon N. Deaf President Now! : The 1988 Revolution at Gallaudet University.
Folsom, Franklin. Impatient Armies of the Poor: the Story of Collective Action of the Unemployed 1808 - 1942. Niwot:University Press of Colorado, 1991.
Gallagher, Hugh. Fdr's Splendid Deception : The Moving Story of Roosevelt's Massive Disability-And the Intense Efforts to Conceal It from the Public. Arlington, VA: Vandemere Press, 1994.
Koestler, Frances A. The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in the United States. New York:David McKay Company, Inc., 1976.
Longmore, Paul. The League of the Physically Handicapped and the Great Depression: A Case Study in the New Disability History. The Journal of American History, December 2000.
Longmore, Paul and Umanksy, Lauri (eds.) The New Disability History : American Perspectives (History of Disability)
Longmore, Paul. Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity. Oxford University Press. 2016. Provides the first cultural history of a fundraising form that became a fixture in American life, marshalling two decades' worth of painstaking research.
Longmore, Paul. Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability. Philadelphia: Temple University, 2003.
Marcus, Neil. Special Effects: Advances in Neurology. Berkeley: Publication Studio, 2012.
Moore, Leroy F. Jr. Black Disabled Ancestors. Poor Press. 2020
Pelka, Fred. The ABC-CLIO Companion to the Disability Rights Movement. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1997.
Shapiro, Joseph. No Pity: People With Disabilities Forging a New Civil
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University of Arizona, Perspectives on the Historical Treatment of People with Disabilities (PDF)
VanHole, Nick. “Shared Consciousness: A Social History of Tourette Syndrome and its Treatments.” University of Montana, 2012. (Download a PDF of the thesis)
Williamson, Bess. The People's Sidewalks: Designing Berkeley’s Wheelchair Route, 1970-1974, Boom, Spring 2012, Vol. 2, No. 1.
Zames Fleischer, Doris and Zames, Frieda. The Disability Rights Movement : From Charity to Confrontation
Amina Azimi — Raising the Voices of the Disabled in Afghanistan: A disabled journalist advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. Medium, March 25, 2016
The Long Road to a Brighter Future: Can news and information pave the way to a better life for people with disabilities in China?, Medium, September 16, 2015
Information is Critical for People with Disabilities: Disabled Somalis fight to get their voices heard in a country fraught with challenges, Medium, March 19, 2015
Abrams, Judith. (1998) Judaism and Disability: Portrayals in Ancient Text from the Tanach through the Bavli. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press
Bakody, Jennifer. (1999) Accessible Faith Communities. Abilities Magazine, 41:42-43.
BenAvraham, Tzipporah. (1985) Orthodox Handicapable Chicken Soup. In Browne, Susan E., Connors, Debra & Stern, Nanci (editors) With the Power of Each Breath : A Disabled Women’s Anthology. San Francisco: Cleis Press.
Biesold, Horst. (1999) Crying Hands: eugenics and deaf people in Nazi Germany. Washington, D.C: Gallaudet University Press.
Black, Bruce. (1992) Jews with Disabilities. In Reform Judaism, 21:1, 4-9.
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Chabin, Michelle. (1997) Helping Disabled Israeli Teenagers Become Bnai Mitzvah. In Northern California Jewish Bulletin, June 13, 1997.
Cohn, Abby.(1999) Bar Mitzvah Marks Multiple Milestones for Oaklanders. In Northern California Jewish Bulletin, November 19, 1999
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Dunai, Eleanor C. (2002) Surviving in Silence: A Deaf Boy in the Holocaust; the Harry I. Dunai Story. Washington, D.C :Gallaudet University Press
Edelman, Max. (2000) Disabled are Still Able Jews. In Cleveland Jewish News, March 31st, 2000.
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Fine, Arlene. (1999) ‘Bima’ me up: How accessible are area synagogues to physically challenged? In Cleveland Jewish News, March 5th.
Forest, Marsha. (1988) The bar mitzvah. Entourage 3 (2) 37-40.
Friedman, Ina. (1990) The Other Victims: first person stories of non-Jews persecuted by the Nazis. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton-Miflin Company.
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