The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies is published by the Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Études sur l'Incapacité and is hosted and supported by the University of Waterloo.

  • Special Issue: Disability Studies in Education



    The right of disabled people to quality inclusive education has been formally recognized by Canada within the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Yet, symbolic and institutional governance, violence, exclusion, and oppression continue to be reproduced by educational systems. Rather than education, these systems often recruit disabled students, educators and families into regimes that ‘fix’ disability not as a social problem, but an individual problem of broken bodies and minds in need of remediation.

    We invite submissions that innovate theoretical and methodological approaches to disability in education from diverse fields including, for examples, social sciences, social justice education, Indigenous studies, humanities, women, gender and sexuality studies and fine or media arts. This means understanding disability as a political, cultural and social category, and education as a phenomenon that occurs within and beyond formal institutions of schooling.

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  • Shapes and Sites of Transinstitutionalization


    In the parts of Turtle Island now known also as Canada, current discourses of transinstitutionalization impact Mad, Deaf[1], and Disabled peoples in different ways and in different contexts. For many, the practice of institutionalizing Mad, Deaf, and/or Disabled people is too often assumed to be obsolete; a past “treatment” approach rooted in outdated understandings of medical care and body/mind difference. Indeed many institutions that once confined Mad, Deaf, and/or Disabled people in Canada are closing or closed, organized around shorter-term stays. Yet, disabled people still experience institutionalization and institutional-style conditions in their daily lives. The persistence of these conditions in the lives of Mad, Deaf, and/or Disabled people is often referred to by Disability Studies scholars as transinstitutionalization.  

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