This guide has been created to help students, faculty, and staff research disability as it relates to Disability Studies. Most of the resources listed are library print and electronic subscriptions. Access is through your Cornell NetID.

What is Disability Studies?

Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that looks at access, disability, and ability through cultural, historical, legal, social, and political lenses. Every discipline involves disability in some way, so often research pulls from all aspects of human experience, teaching, learning, and knowledge. Read about Intersectional Disability Studies.

The ILR school has a sequence of classes that focuses on Disability Studies, thanks to a collaboration with the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Additionally, American Sign Language is part of the Linguistics Department. Many other departments and schools on campus also offer classes in Disability Studies. 

A Note on Language

This guide tends to use an identity-first model for referring to disabled people (rather than a person-first model for people with disabilities); however, some resources and links may use a combination of terms. Preference is often dependent on context and individuals. The libguide creator is a disabled person, which influenced this decision. Some pages include outdated or offensive words out of necessity, as well as presenting a combination of materials that take a medical model (versus a social model) of disability.

For more information on Language, please see Finding Books > Other Keyword and Language Resources.  

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