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.

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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: 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


Reconsidering Knowledge and Power: Reflections on Disability Communities and Disability Studies in Canada HTML PDF
Michael J. Prince 1-30
Charting the Landscape of Accessible Education for Post-secondary Students with Disabilities HTML PDF
Elizabeth Marquis, Ann Fudge Schormans, Bonny Jung, Christina Vietinghoff, Rob Wilton, Sue Baptiste 31-71
Political Affinities and Complex Identities: Critical Approaches to Disability Organizing HTML PDF
Natalie Spagnuolo 72-97
Intersecting Oppressions: African Nova Scotians with Disabilities and Possibilities Arising from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities HTML PDF
Alexandra Giancarlo, David Shannon, Audrey Kobayashi 98-130
Access Barriers to Health Care among People with Disabilities in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana HTML PDF
Eric Badu, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Maxwell Peprah Opoku 131-151
Risky Bodies: Allocation of Risk and Responsibility within Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Campaigns HTML PDF
Irene Shankar 152-177


Review of Goodley, Dis/Ability Studies: Theorizing Disableism and Ableism HTML PDF
Cynthia Bruce 178-183
Review of Malacrida, A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta’s Eugenic Years HTML PDF
Natalie Spagnuolo 184-191
Review of Kanter, The Development of Disability Rights under International Law: From Charity to Human Rights HTML PDF
Majid Turmusani 192-197
Review of Gill, Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency HTML PDF
Sandra Smele 198-204
Review of O’Toole, Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History HTML PDF
Alan Santinele Martino 205-211
Review of Gayle-Geddes, Disability and Inequality: Socioeconomic Imperatives and Public Policy in Jamaica HTML PDF
Jacqui Getfield 212-217