Canadian Journal of Disability Studies <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> en-US <p>There are no article processing or submission charges for CJDS authors.</p><p>Author(s) are not required to assign their copyright in and to their article to the <em>Canadian Journal of Disability Studies</em>. Instead, The <em>CJDS</em> asks for one-time rights to print this original work.</p><p>All articles in the journal are assigned a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. See:</p><p><img src="/public/site/images/jdolmage/88x31.png" alt="" /></p><p>Authors are asked to contact the journal Editor if they wish to post the article on any website; translate or authorize a translation of the article; copy or otherwise reproduce the article, in any format, beyond what is permitted under Canadian copyright law, or authorize others to do so; copy or otherwise reproduce portions of the article, including tables and figures, beyond what is permitted under Canadian copyright law, or authorize others to do so.</p><p>Contacting the Editor will simply allow us to track the use and distribution of your article.  We encourage use for non-commercial, educational purposes. </p><p>Authors must provide proof of permission clearance prior to the publication of their work if they are including images or other materials that are not their own.  Keep in mind that such clearance can at times be costly, and often takes time.  The journal editor can often work with you to seek permissions if you need information, advice or assistance.</p> (Jay Dolmage, PhD) (Jay Dolmage) Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:20:26 -0400 OJS 60 The Social Construction of Giftedness <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> Gillian Parekh, Robert S. Brown, Karen Robson ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Resident Work in High-Support Housing <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> Tobin LeBlanc Haley ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Autonomously Autistic <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> Anna Williams ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Why Disability Studies Scholars Must Challenge Transmisogyny and Transphobia <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> Jen Slater, Kirsty Liddiard ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Special Focus Introduction <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> Morgan Holmes ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 "Healthy Sexuality": “It’s not gay or bad, it’s SSAD" <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> John Smilges ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 "Healthy Sexuality": Fucking with Notions of Disability (In)Justice <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> Cara E. Goldberg ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 "Healthy Sexuality": Opposing Forces? Autism and Dating, Romance, and Sexuality in the Mainstream Media <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> Emily Brooks ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Review of Things Are Different Here by Rod Michalko (2017) <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> Kristin Snoddon ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Review of Vulnerability in Resistance by Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay (2016) <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> Chelsea Temple Jones ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Review of Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation by Sunaura Taylor (2017) <p>Sunaura Taylor’s Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, explores intersectionalities between disability rights and animal justice.</p> W. John Williamson ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Review of The Right Way To Be Crippled & Naked: The Fiction of Disability by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, and Annabelle Hayse, Eds. (2017) <p><em>The Right Way To Be Crippled &amp; Naked</em> articulates the lived experiences of the disabled body.</p> Denise Saul ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400