Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies publishes peer-reviewed original articles that advance research in the multidisciplinary, international field of disability studies.

All content is totally open access. The CJDS never charges any processing or publication fees, and is free and open to the public. This ensures that scholarship in the CJDS reaches the broadest possible audience, with no barriers for authors, institutions, or readers. The journal also advocates for Open Accessibility, ensuring that all content is fully accessible.

The journal embraces a wide range of methodologies and perspectives, values collaborative and cross-disciplinary work, community partnership, and creative approaches to scholarship.

Research in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies will be of interest to scholars and students from across all academic disciplines, as well as anyone involved in disability arts, advocacy, community organization or policy.  The journal foregrounds a critical disability studies perspective, committed to disability rights.

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Call For Proposals: Cripping the Arts in Canada

Until very recently, disability, crip, D/deaf, and Mad arts (d/c/D/M arts) have been included in the art world in such a way that normalizes us as outsides rather than meaningfully propels our art sector. Categorizations of our art as ‘outsider art’ or ‘art brut’ have delegitimized our artistic voices and depoliticized our art (Gorman, 2007); inaccessible environments, equipment, technology, and programming have excluded us from artistic development and cultural participation; systemic ableism and institutionalized poverty have prevented us from accessing the funding needed to sustain our artistic practice. But this special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies aims to build on the excitement d/c/D/M arts is currently generating in Canada by capturing how d/c/D/M artists, curators, arts administrators, and activists are resisting being normalized within and by the art world and are instead cripping the arts, that is developing new ways of creating art and sustaining art practices, changing the kinds of art we encounter, and innovating new ways of engaging with art.  
Posted: 2016-10-06 More...

Call For Proposals: Disability and/in/through fanfiction

This special issue invites works that explores disability in fanfiction, disability and fanfiction, and disability through fanfiction.  
Posted: 2015-11-11 More...

Call For Proposals: Institutional Survivorship


The Huronia Regional Centre, a residential facility for persons diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, operated in Ontario for 133 years until after a long and difficult history it was shut down in 2009. In this special journal issue, in honour of the work accomplished by Huronia survivors, we are interested in the experiences of disability and disablement both within and beyond experiences of institutionalization, and look to explore the meaning of survivorship as it pertains to institutionalization and disability. 

Posted: 2015-07-29 More...
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Vol 5, No 2 (2016)

Table of Contents


Michael J. Prince
Elizabeth Marquis, Ann Fudge Schormans, Bonny Jung, Christina Vietinghoff, Rob Wilton, Sue Baptiste
Natalie Spagnuolo
Alexandra Giancarlo, David Shannon, Audrey Kobayashi
Eric Badu, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Maxwell Peprah Opoku
Irene Shankar


Cynthia Bruce
Natalie Spagnuolo
Majid Turmusani
Sandra Smele
Alan Santinele Martino
Jacqui Getfield