This page has been prepared by the Georgetown University Library’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. We hope you find it useful as you explore the scope of topics related to disability justice.
If you have comments or suggestions about this page, please contact the Library's DEI Committee.
According to activist Naomi Ortiz, “Disability Justice is the cross-disability (sensory, intellectual, mental health/psychiatric, neurodiversity, physical/mobility, learning, etc.) framework that values access, self-determination and an expectation of difference. An expectation of difference means that we expect difference in disability, identity and culture. To be included and part of society is about being able to be our “whole self” (all of our identities together). Disability Justice includes space for self-care, reflection and hard discussions.”
Naomi Ortiz - Disability Justice
Educator Mia Mingus regards disability justice as moving “away from the ‘myth of independence,’ that everyone can and should be able to do everything on their own. I am not fighting for independence, as much of the disability rights movement rallies behind. I am fighting for an interdependence that embraces need and tells the truth: no one does it on their own and the myth of independence is just that, a myth.”
Mia Mingus - Changing the Framework: Disability Justice
Introduction: Disability Justice
Definitions of Ableism
Talila L. Lewis blog – Working Definition of Ableism - January 2022 Update
“A system of assigning value to people’s bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, productivity, desirability, intelligence, excellence, and fitness. These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in eugenics, anti-Blackness, misogyny, colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism.”
Autistichoya (blog). Ableism/Language
Simmons University Library. Anti-Oppression LibGuide: Anti-Ableism
Ashley Eisenmenger. Ableism 101: What it is, what it looks like, and what we can do to to fix it
What can we do to recognize and avert ableism?
- Believe people when they disclose a disability
- Similarly, don’t accuse people of ‘faking’ their disability
- Listen to people when they request an accommodation
- Don’t assume you know what someone needs
- Never touch a person with a disability or their mobility equipment without consent
- Keep invasive questions to yourself
- Don’t speak on behalf of someone with a disability unless they explicitly ask you to
- Talk about disability with children and young people
- Incorporate accessibility into your event planning
- Learn more about being a good disability ally here.
But one of the most important things to do to push back against ableism: Make sure people with disabilities are at the table where decisions are being made.
- The minority body: a theory of disability by Elizabeth Barnes, 2016
- Disability in higher education : a social justice approach by Nancy J. Evans, Ellen M. Broido, Kirsten R. Brown, and Autumn K. Wilke; 2017
- Extraordinary bodies : figuring physical disability in American culture and literature by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, 1997
- Skin, tooth, and bone : the basis of movement is our people : a disability justice primer by Sins Invalid, 2019
- Disability visibility : first-person stories from the Twenty-first century by Alice Wong, 2020
- Laboring for Disability Justice and Liberation -- Writing by Lydia X.Z. Brown, blog post; July 2021
- We can’t address disability without addressing race. Here’s why. by Lydia X.Z. Brown; blog post on Learn Play Thrive
- Did You Know? Invisible Disabilities by the Center for Disabilities Rights
- Disability: Definitions, Models, Experience by David Wasserman and Sean Aas; from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, April 14, 2022
- Disability and White Supremacy by Joel Michael Reynolds; Social Science Research Network (SSRN), April 16, 2021
- Disability as Diversity, Inside HigherEd post by Lilah Burke; November 12, 2020.
- Some Perspectives on Disability Disclosure in the Publishing Industry, blog post by Simon Holt and Erin Osborne-Martin;October 27, 2021
- Job Hunting with an “Invisible” Disability: A Conversation, blog post by Sylvia IzzoHunter, Sylvia and Katy Alexander; October 28, 2021
Journals and journal articles
- The Journal of Philosophy of Disability, edited by Joel Michael Reynolds and Theresa Blankmeyer Burke
- Prosthetic Embodiment, article by Sean Aas; Synthese, November 20, 2019
- What It Means for a Disabled Librarian to “Pass”: An Exploration of Inclusion, Identity, and Information Work, journal article by Shanna Hollich; The International Journal of Diversity, Information & Inclusion, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2020.
- Claiming Our Space: A Quantitative and Qualitative Picture of Disabled Librarians by Robin Brown and Scott Sheidlower; article from Library Trends, Winter 2019
- Disability Justice, Climate Change, and Eco-Ableism, video from April 9, 2021
- Enjoying: Disability as a Creative Force, video from October 20, 2021
- Iceland's Down syndrome dilemma, video from August 18, 2017
- Intersections of Disability Justice and Transformative Justice, video from March 11, 2020
- LISTEN: A Short Film by and with Nonspeaking Autistic People, video from February 12, 2021
- My Disability Justice | The Activist, video from December 1, 2020
- Navigating: On Disability, Technology, and Experiencing the World, video from the Hastings Center, updated 2022
- Not Dead Yet USA: Shonda McLaughlin endorses Disability Integration Act, video from January 19, 2019
- Roundtable Discussion: Abolition and Disability Justice, video from October 13, 2020
Georgetown University Resources
- Academic Resource Center (ARC) - supports student accessibility needs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. ARC resources include accommodation requests, support for athletes, as well as academic and language services.
- Office Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) - this office allows individuals to request accessibility accommodations related to employment.
- Accessibility at Lauinger Library - Please see the Lauinger Library accessibility resource page for library accommodations.
- Georgetown University Disability Studies - students interested in this program can get information about the Disability Studies Minor and other resources.
- Lauinger Library Disability Studies guide - this guide provides information about research and teaching in disability studies
- Georgetown University Disability Cultural Initiative - this initiative will support, educate and empower disabled community members of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, genders and ages.