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Volume 13, Issue 3 | Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal

We are excited to announce the publication of Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Discover diverse voices in this issue ranging from Self Advocates, Rehabilitation Counselors, Creative Writers, Influential Bloggers, and Education Experts.p>




When A Hyphen Matters: Reflections on Disability and Language

Megan A. Conway, Ph.D., RDS Editor-In-Chief

Hawaii, USA

For many Deaf-Blind people, the hyphen is important because it signifies that “Deaf-Blind” is its own unique identity that is different from that of Deaf or Blind people. The capitalization of “D” and “B” are also important, because they signify cultural identity just as a capital “D” signifies Deaf cultural identity (as opposed to a lower case “d” which is understood to represent medical aspects of deafness). Here is the difficulty though…

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Research Articles and Essays

“Friends Give Meaning to Life:” Reframing Friendship for Individuals with Autism that Type to Communicate

Jessica K. Bacon, PhD, Montclair State University; Fernanda Orsati, PhD, Hussman Institute for Autism; Scott Floyd, Scott's Sensory Shop; & Hesham Khater, Institute on Communication and Inclusion

New York, USA

We, two able-bodied authors and two authors with autism, use a disability studies framework to understand our experiences of friendship. Taken from a series of recorded conversations over the course of a year, this project describes the development, maintenance, and complications related to our experiences with friendship, including: reframing of friendships, respect for communication, facilitator roles and support, interdependence and reciprocity, and permanency in relationships…

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Self-Determination in Social Context: A Social Cognitive Approach

Jason Matthew Naranjo, PhD, University of Washington Bothell, & Luke Duesbery, PhD, San Diego State University

California & Washington, USA

There is growing support for situating understandings of self-determination for students with disabilities in social and cultural contexts. However, exploration and expansion of theory is needed to illuminate the complexities of self-determination in the process of academic and career development, particularly for students from culturally diverse backgrounds. In an attempt to create this understanding we propose the use of social cognitive career theory because this theory of career and academic development accounts for both personal background and identity variables…

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Creative Works

On Speaking and Not Speaking: Autism, Friendship, Interdependency

Sonya Freeman Loftis, PhD, Morehouse College

Georgia, USA

This collection of autobiographical fragments explores the subject of autistic voice. Juxtaposing moments when autistic communication is recognized and understood with moments in which it isn’t, this work of creative nonfiction examines ideological tensions between independence and interdependency, the potential lines (or lack of lines) separating friendship and support, and some of the inevitable problems that are created when one person speaks for another. The piece also explores the dangers that may arise when social systems and authority figures fail to recognize autistic voices…

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Finding Beck: How Disability Erasure in Play Reflects and Influences Reality

Karin Hitselberger

This blog post examines the personal impact of disability representation in children’s toys, and explores how the story of a two decade old, discontinued, disabled doll mirrors the experiences of disabled people in society today…

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Best Practices

Sports and Disability: Enhanced Health, Self-Efficacy, and Social Inclusion Through Athletic Participation

Tayo Moss, MS, Michigan State University; Trenton J. Landon, PhD, Utah State University; & Allison Fleming, PhD, Penn State University

Michigan, Utah & Pennsylvania, USA

Sports and recreational participation have demonstrated health and social benefits. However, persons with disabilities are typically not provided the same opportunities as people without disabilities. This article discusses the benefits of sports and recreation, and the barriers that have existed for persons with disabilities. The purpose is to demonstrate the need for rehabilitation counselors to consider the utility of physical activity as a way to enhance health, self-efficacy, and community inclusion…

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Dissertations and Abstracts

Dissertation and Abstracts v13i3

Jonathan Erlen, PhD, and Megan Conway, PhD

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Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal


Since 2003, the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS) has published over 500 authors from all over the world. As one of only a handful of peer-reviewed Disability Studies journals, RDS Journal is a quarterly online journal that provides an international forum for people with disabilities, academics, professionals, artists and creators from all backgrounds and expertise to express ideas relevant to disability studies and people with disabilities.