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Celebrating Disabilities


April is Disability Awareness month at SSU. Take some time this month to learn about the many differently abled ways of living in the world. 

Disability and diversity : a sociological perspective by Mark Sherry. An examination of disability through the lenses of gender, socioeconomics, and race. 

Feminist, Queer, Crip  by Alison Kafer. In this book the author challenges ideas about disability that center on limitations and the lack of a future. An interesting theoretical exploration of time, able-bodiedness, and possibility. 

A Matter of Dignity: Changing the Lives of the Disabled by Andrew Potok. From Publishers Weekly“Covering medical, legal and psychological issues in depth and with intellectual vigor, the most provocative of Potok's work is his examination ‘about our feelings regarding wholeness, beauty, and ugliness [and] about the state called normalcy,’ making the book less about changing the world of the disabled than about in re-imagining the world in which we all live.”

Claiming disability : knowledge and identity by Simi LintonLooks at disability studies as a field of study, exploring the variations in ability and the meaning we make of them. 

Encyclopedia of Disability. This five-volume reference work will tell you everything you wanted to know about disability, from politics to identity to medical and legal issues. Also available as a digital reference work. 

The Key of G  is a streaming documentary about disability, caregiving, and interdependence. 

The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability edited by David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder. A collection of essays looking at the body and abilities through history. 

Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability by Robert McRuer. From the publisher: "Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as 'normal' or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each other."

The Difference that Disability Makes by Rod Michalko. From the publisher: "Michalko challenges us to come to grips with the social meanings attached to disability and the body that is not "normal." Michalko's analysis draws from his own understanding of blindness and narratives by other disabled people. Connecting lived experience with social theory, he shows the consistent exclusion of disabled people from the common understandings of humanity and what constitutes the good life." 

You can also check out some of the great events going on at SSU for Disability Awareness Month, including: 

Tuesday, April 19 -- "When You Feel Like a Lemon Among Oranges: Transforming Difference," 4-5 p.m., The Learning Center (Salazar 1040). An opportunity to learn and discuss how differences can be transformed into strengths.

Thursday, April 21 -- Adaptive Climbing Clinic, 10-11 a.m., Rec Center Climbing Wall. An introduction to some of the adaptive equipment the Rec Center has available.

Monday, April 25 -- Documentary film night, 6-8 p.m., Darwin 102. Films include "Uplifting Down: Nigeria," about working together to accept, educate, and inspire people's beliefs about Down's Syndrome; and "Surfing the Spectrum," about a local program in San Rafael where children with special needs have the opportunity to learn how to surf (Q&A with filmmaker Steven Gatlin follows screening).

The Library also makes services available for differently-abled patrons, including assistive technology, accessible media, and assistance with resources and materials. You can find out more on our Information for People with Disabilities page