July is Disability Pride Month. Celebrated during the seventh month of the year, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), passed on July 26, 1990, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. As we celebrate Diversity Pride Month, we must continue to fight for disability justice and equitable access.
The Falvey Library resources listed below amplify voices and experiences of the disability community. No list of this nature could ever be comprehensive, but we hope the links below serve as a starting point. As Dr. Carlie Rhoads writes, “The disability community is hurting from a lack of representation…This representation extends from our day-to-day lives, to employment, to government, to positions of leadership, and even media of all sorts. This month affords us all a great opportunity to lift up the disability community and shine a spotlight on people who are often marginalized, forgotten, or explicitly discriminated against. All voices should be equally given a chance to speak!”
Resources available at Falvey Library:
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (van der Kolk, 2015)
- Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (Piepzna-Samarasinha, 2018)
- A Disability History of the United States (Nielsen, 2012)
- Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (McRuer, 2006)
- Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (Garland-Thomson, 2017)
- Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (Taussig, 2021)
- Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity (Linton, 1998)
- Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment (Charlton, 1998)
- Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Leduc, 2020)
- We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation (Garcia, 2021).
- Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist (Heumann & Joiner, 2020)
- Smile: The Story of a Face (Ruhl, 2021)
- Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (Clare, 2015)
- Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back (Rousso, 2013)
- One Little Finger (Chib, 2011)
- About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times (Catapano, Garland-Thomson & Solomon, 2019)
- Don’t Put Us Away: Memories of a Man with Learning Disabilities (Keagan-Bull, 2022)
- Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride (LaSpina, 2019)
- The Office of Disability Services (Villanova University)
Rhodes, Carlie. (2021, July 15). Celebrating Disability Pride Month. American Foundation for the Blind. https://afb.org/blog/entry/celebrating-disability-pride-month
Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.