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Disability Rights, Studies & Justice   Tags: holistic learning program, knowledge commons  

Provides a background in the frameworks of disability history, disability as a field of academic study, and disability work within justice movements.
Last Updated: Nov 3, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is Disability Justice?

Disability Justice was built because the Disability Rights Movement and Disability Studies do not inherantly centralize the needs and experiences of folks experiencing intersectional oppression, such as "disabled people of color, immigrants with disabilities, queers with disabilities, trans and gender non-conforming people with disabilities, people with disabilities who are houseless, people with disabilities who are incarcerated, people with disabilities who have had their ancestral lands stolen, amongst others."  

Initally a group of queer disabled women of color, Patty Berne, Mia Mingus, and Stacy Milbern, who eventually united with Leroy Moore, Eli Clare, and Sebastian Margaret, these activists formed the Disability Justice movement to strive for collective liberation. Visit the source of this summary, "Disability Justice, A Working Draft" by Patty Berne to read about the ten principles of the movement.


  • Sins Invalid
    "Sins Invalid is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized from social discourse."
  • "Bodymap", poems by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
    Available in the Five College Library.
    "In this volume, Leah Lakshmi maps hard and vulnerable terrains of queer desire, survivorhood, transformative love, sick and disabled queer genius and all the homes we claim and deserve."
  • "Leaving Evidence" a blog by Mia Mingus
    This link leads to a flowchart also articulated in descriptive text on the medical industrial complex. Also, Mia's piece, "Where You Are Is Where I Want to Be: Crip Solidarity" is a beautiful musing on what solidarity can look like in crip culture.
  • "Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness & Liberation" by Eli Clare
    Available in the Five College Library.
    "His essays weave together memoir, history, and political thinking to explore meanings and experiences of home. Here readers will find an intersectional framework for understanding how we actually live with the daily hydraulics of oppression, power, and resistance."
  • "The Ring of Fire Anthology" by ET Russian
    Available in the Five College Library.
    A collection of the erotic, funny, and thoughtful zine from the late 1990s, ROF "explores the intersections of art, bodies, healthcare, ability, gender, race, community, class, healing and the politics of work" through the eyes of ET, after experiencing a double leg amputation from a train hopping accident at 19 years old.
    Available in the Five College Library.

Sins Invalid


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