Between disability studies and études sur le handicap: 40 years of access, translation and education issues
Keywords:Anglonormativity; disability studies; études sur le handicap; French language; linguistic minorities; disabled people; ableism; disablism; Québec; Canada
The emergence of the discipline of disability studies primarily took place in English Canada, the United States and England during the 1980s. While the Society for Disability Studies was founded in Maryville, Tennessee in 1982, it was not until 2004 that the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA-AÉCH) was founded. Despite the fact that this association is bilingual, this long lapse of time before its creation is representative of a larger issue: forty years after the arrival of this discipline in the Anglo-Saxon world, it is clear the Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature is lacking on this specific topic. This article aims to encourage social awareness of these issues of access, translation, and education. It is through my perspective as a researcher, activist and Francophone Québécoise neurodivergent woman that I wish to propose avenues of reflection to problematize the absence of bachelor's degree programs in this discipline in French.
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