Disability History In Canada: Present Work In The Field And Future Prospects


  • Geoffrey Reaume York University




Disability History, Interpretations, Accessibility, Preservation, Future Prospects


This paper surveys the existing state of Canadian disability history in terms of publicly available studies and resources. It will also consider the extent to which the field includes a critical disability studies perspective. Furthermore, future prospects for disability history in Canada will be addressed, including consideration of wider public engagement in preserving, interpreting and promoting our past. Crucial to understanding future prospects are the resources that are, or need to be, available to enable disability history to flourish in Canada inside and outside the academy. This essay will conclude with a discussion about historical preservation and where this field might be in 2021.

Author Biography

Geoffrey Reaume, York University

Geoffrey Reaume is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University where he has taught since 2004. He earned his PhD in History from the University of Toronto in 1997 and is a co-founder of the Psychiatric Survivor Archives, Toronto.

How to Cite

Reaume, G. (2012). Disability History In Canada: Present Work In The Field And Future Prospects. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 1(1), 35–81. https://doi.org/10.15353/cjds.v1i1.20