Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 2018-11-12T16:51:05-05:00 Jay Dolmage, PhD Open Journal Systems <p>The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies publishes peer-reviewed original articles that advance research in the multidisciplinary, international field of disability studies.</p> <p>All content is totally open access.&nbsp;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.<br><br>The journal embraces a wide range of methodologies and perspectives, values collaborative and cross-disciplinary work, community partnership, and creative approaches to scholarship.<br><br>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.&nbsp; The journal foregrounds a critical disability studies perspective, committed to disability rights.</p> <p>Please consider registering as a reader to receive notifications and announcements.</p> The Social Construction of Giftedness 2018-11-12T16:51:05-05:00 Gillian Parekh Robert S. Brown Karen Robson <p>Wide socio-demographic disparities exist between students identified as gifted and their peers (De Valenzuela, Copeland, Qi, &amp; Park, 2006; Leonardo &amp; Broderick, 2011). In this paper, we examine the intersectional construction of giftedness and the academic achievement of students identified as gifted. Using data from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the largest and one of the most diverse public education systems in Canada, we consider racial, class, and gender characteristics of students identified as gifted in comparison to those who have very high achievement. Results demonstrated that there was almost no relationship between students identified as gifted and students who had very high achievement (Pearson’s correlation of 0.18). White, male students whose parents had high occupation statuses had the highest probability of being identified as gifted. Female students were more likely to be high achievers. Compared to White students, it was only East Asian students who were more likely to be identified as gifted; yet South, Southeast and East Asian students were more likely to be very high achievers. Parental occupation was strongly related to both giftedness and very high achievement. Results point to the socially constructed nature of giftedness and challenge its usage in defining and organizing students in schools.</p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Resident Work in High-Support Housing 2018-11-12T16:51:05-05:00 Tobin LeBlanc Haley <p>While feminist political economists have identified social service provisioning as socially reproductive work and have examined its reorganization under neoliberalism, little attention has been paid to the mental health care sector. Furthermore, within feminist political economy scholarship on work in the social service sector, little attention has been paid to the contributions of service users. I address some of these gaps by developing a Mad feminist political economy framework to analyze the unpaid socially reproductive work completed by residents in high-support psychiatric housing in Ontario today.</p> <p>Drawing on data from interviews with 23 residents and 15 service providers in high-support psychiatric housing in Ontario, as well as a review of government and non-profit organization documents, I argue that the work done by residents alleviates demands on social service workers in a time of neoliberal restraint, intensified workplace demands, and a heightened focus on service user independence in all aspects of life. I then conclude with recommendations for change.</p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Autonomously Autistic 2018-11-12T16:51:05-05:00 Anna Williams <p>The locus of pathology exists not in the autistic person, but in the interaction between a hostile environment and the subjugated autistic. It is essential for parents, practitioners, educators, and autistic people themselves to ask the crucial question—&nbsp; Is the autistic a machine, or an organism? Are we active agents in our own embodied experience, or are we a locus of behavior? It is not with defiance, but autonomy, that I declare as an autistic person— I am not a manifestation of stimuli and response. I am agential. I am Autonomously Autistic.</p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Why Disability Studies Scholars Must Challenge Transmisogyny and Transphobia 2018-11-12T16:51:04-05:00 Jen Slater Kirsty Liddiard <p>We argue the need for coalition between trans and disability studies and activism, and that Disability Studies gives us the tools for this task. Our argument rests upon six facets. First and foremost, we explicitly acknowledge the existence of trans disabled people, arguing that Disability Studies must recognise the diversity of disabled people’s lives. Second, we consider how the homogenisation of womanhood, too often employed in transmisogonist arguments particularly when coming from those claiming to be feminists, harm both non-disabled trans women and cis disabled women. This leads to our third point, that Feminist Disability studies must be anti-reductive, exploring how gendered experiences rest upon other social positions (disability, queerness, race etc.) Fourth, we reflect upon the ways in which Disability Studies and feminism share a struggle for bodily autonomy, and that this should include trans people’s bodily autonomy. Finally, we argue that Trans and Disability Studies and activism share complex and critical relationships with medicine, making Disability and Trans Studies useful allies in the fight for better universal health care. We conclude by calling for our colleagues in Disability Studies to challenge transmisogony and transphobia and that transphobia is not compatible with Disability Studies perspectives.</p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Special Focus Introduction 2018-11-12T16:51:04-05:00 Morgan Holmes <p>This special focus issue for the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies brings together three essays that destabilize normative requirements for “healthy sexuality”, calling into question the ways in which some people are institutionally held outside of or beyond the capacity for maintaining a sexuality at all, never mind a “healthy” one. &nbsp;</p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "Healthy Sexuality": “It’s not gay or bad, it’s SSAD" 2018-11-12T16:51:04-05:00 John Smilges <p class="BodyA"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman',serif; color: windowtext;">Many ex-gays claim to be part of a marginalized group: the disability community. They claim that their homoerotic desires are indicative of mental illness and thus make them disabled. This essay explores the implications of this claimed disability. Given the context of a growing desire for queer-crip coalition work, how does the existence of ex-gays affects our theorization of disability and sexuality, pushing us to be more aware of the messiness of identity politics?</span></p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "Healthy Sexuality": Fucking with Notions of Disability (In)Justice 2018-11-12T16:51:04-05:00 Cara E. Goldberg <p>A progression towards the non-tokenistic inclusion of people with disabilities (PWD) in society, and of PWD’s needs in legal processes, necessarily entails acknowledging and respecting disability-informed approaches to sensual and sexual experience, expression, and connection.</p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "Healthy Sexuality": Opposing Forces? Autism and Dating, Romance, and Sexuality in the Mainstream Media 2018-11-12T16:51:04-05:00 Emily Brooks <p>Autism and romance occupy a space of discomfort in mainstream media conversation. Employing post-structuralist textual analysis, I explore themes arising from mainstream media representations of autism and dating, sexuality, and romance through eleven feature articles from major American newspapers. The United States mainstream media applies a medical model lens to autism, associates immaturity and a lack of empathy with autistic people, and positions autistic sexuality as disruptive and dangerous. Because autistic sexuality representation counters conventional concepts of romance, autism and romance are positioned as opposing forces. The mainstream media portrays autistic people who date through supercrip narratives. Rather than showing the vast diversity of autism communities, mainstream news articles present autistic people through a heterosexualized, gendered, and whitewashed lens. As a disability studies scholar and autistic writer, I advocate for mainstream news coverage that takes a social model approach to autism, incorporates multiple identities, and provides accurate reflections of autistic people as loving adults, as well as disability rights activism that addresses underlying sexual ableism in American society.</p> 2018-07-05T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of Things Are Different Here by Rod Michalko (2017) 2018-11-12T16:51:03-05:00 Kristin Snoddon <p>In Michalko’s mellow writing, blind people are presented as ordinary living beings who reflect on and confront the vagaries of existence, both in ways like everybody else and in ways that are unlike anybody else. His book offers inspiration for other readers and writers seeking a non-normative plot.</p> 2018-07-19T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of Vulnerability in Resistance by Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay (2016) 2018-11-12T16:51:03-05:00 Chelsea Temple Jones <p>In <em>Vulnerability in Resistance, </em>editors Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay explain that the work of taking up both vulnerability and resistance as a generative pairing of concepts comes with claims “both risky and true”<em>.</em> They point to the construction of “the suffering other” as an emergent part of social relations, explaining vulnerability as a process both exacerbated and disavowed as means of achieving power (4).</p> 2018-07-19T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation by Sunaura Taylor (2017) 2018-11-12T16:51:03-05:00 W. John Williamson <p>Sunaura Taylor’s Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, explores intersectionalities between disability rights and animal justice.</p> 2018-07-19T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of The Right Way To Be Crippled & Naked: The Fiction of Disability by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, and Annabelle Hayse, Eds. (2017) 2018-11-12T16:51:02-05:00 Denise Saul <p><em>The Right Way To Be Crippled &amp; Naked</em> articulates the lived experiences of the disabled body.</p> 2018-07-19T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##