Disability Resources

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Online Reading

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Alt Text as Poetry Workbook by Shannon Finnegan and Bojana Coklyat
Changing the Framework: Disability Justice by Mia Mingus
“Disability Justice” is Simply Another Term for Love by Mia Mingus
How to be a Person in the Age of Autoimmunity by Carolyn Lazard
ILLNESS: A Narrative in Four Parts by Gillian Shirreffs
Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag
On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf
Sick Woman Theory by Johanna Hedva
Sick Woman Theory’s Tumblr by Johanna Hedva
‘Since I Became Symptomatic’ by Leslie Jamison
What is Disability Justice? Sins Invalid

Books: Non-Fiction


When the Sick Rule the World* by Dodie Bellamy
Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick* by Maya Dusenbery
Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next by Timothy Faust
Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System* by Sonya Huber
Feminist, Queer, Crip* by Alison Kafer
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space* by Amanda Leduc
Life in the Sick-Room* by Harriet Martineau
Sex and Disability* by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow
Kindling: Writings on the Body by Aurora Levins Morales
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice* by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People* by Frances Ryan
The Body in Pain* by Elaine Scarry
Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction* by Sami Schalk
Disability Aesthetics* by Tobin Siebers
Exposure* by Olivia Sudjic
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability* by Susan Wendell
Disability Visibility: First‑Person Stories from the Twenty‑First Century*, edited by Alice Wong
Criptiques, edited by Caitlin Wood


If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner
Notes Made While Falling* by Jenn Ashworth
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly* by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Tender Points* by Amy Berkowitz
The Undying* by Anne Boyer
The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me* by Keah Brown
Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse* by Shane Burcaw
Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure* by Eli Clare
Exile and Pride* by Eli Clare
Your Voice in My Head* by Emma Forrest
Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law* by Haben Girma
Constellations: Reflections From Life* by Sinéad Gleeson
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
What Her Body Thought: A Journey Into the Shadows by Susan Griffin
Blind Ambition by Ever Lee Hairston
The Empathy Exams: Essays* by Leslie Jamison
Too Late to Die Young* by Harriet McBryde Johnson
The Diary of Frida Kahlo: an intimate self-portrait* by Frida Kahlo
Sick: a Memoir* by Porochista Khakpour
I Choose Elena* by Lucia Osborne-Crowley
This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability (NOT Disability) by Aaron Philip
Notes to Self: Essays* by Emilie Pine
The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir* by Anand Prahlad
Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body* by Rebekah Taussig
The Collected Schizophrenias* by Esmé Weijun Wang


Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions* by Christopher Bell
DisCrit – Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education* by David J. Connor, Beth A. Ferri and Subini A. Annamma
Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice* by Michelle R. Nario-Redmond
A Disability History of the United States* by Kim Nielsen

Books: Fiction

Borderline* by Mishell Baker
Pet* by Akwaeke Emezi
Turtles All the Way Down* by John Green
Please Read This Leaflet Carefully* by Karen Havelin
Get a Life, Chloe Brown* by Talia Hibbert
My Year of Rest and Relaxation* by Ottessa Moshfegh
The Bell Jar* by Sylvia Plath

Films and Television

Crip Camp, directed by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham (available on Netflix)
The Last Leg, chat show with Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker (Channel 4, UK)
Special, TV show by Ryan O’Connell (available on Netflix)
Unrest, directed by Jennifer Brea


A Lick and a Promise by Sara J. Winston
Infused by Hayley Cranberry
Sick Photography: Representations of Sickness in Photography by Maija Tammi

Last updated 6 March 2021.
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