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Journal Cover Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
     ISSN (Print) 1929-9192
     Published by University of Waterloo Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Living and Working Precariously with an Episodic Disability: Barriers in
           the Canadian Context

    • Authors: Andrea Vick
      Pages: 1 - 28
      Abstract: The organization of contemporary labour markets has radically altered the nature of work and its embodied or bodily performance. Changes from standard, permanent jobs to non-standard or precarious work arrangements have increasingly become the normative template for many workers, including persons with disabilities. Drawing on findings from 13 qualitative interviews associated with ‘Project EDGE,’ Episodic Disabilities in the Global Economy, I describe how Canadian workers with “episodic” or fluctuating disabilities experience and negotiate barriers to work within precarious work environments in Toronto, Ontario. Implications that consider the episodic dimension of disability for workforce participation and employment policy are considered.
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
  • “Swept to the sidelines and forgotten“: Cultural Exclusion,
           Blind Persons’ Participation, and International Film Festivals

    • Authors: Isabel Pedersen, Kristen Aspevig
      Pages: 29 - 52
      Abstract: International film festivals are privileged sites for cultural exchange and creative incubation to which blind persons are effectively excluded, a barrier that needs addressing. By recognizing barriers to film festivals, we instigate a solution to making film culture more accessible to blind persons. Using the film Blindsight as an exemplar along with a study conducted on film festivals, this paper argues a triadic thesis: that the issues of blind audience members at film festivals, blind subjects in films, and blind filmmakers must be viewed together in order to attend to cultural inclusion. We situate the paper in the domain of autobiography theory and specifically draw upon G. Thomas Couser’s work Signifying Bodies for a model. Couser attends to self-representation thereby enabling us to focalize the research on agency at various subject positions in the acts of participating in film culture.
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
  • Disability and Social Work Education in the United Kingdom

    • Authors: MacDonald Judy, Irene Carter, Roy Hanes, Suzanne McMurphy, Stephanie Skinner
      Pages: 53 - 82
      Abstract: Social workers come into the lives of disabled persons on a daily basis. Yet, few schools of social work have a strong disability curricular focus. The researchers report on findings of a survey of disability and social work education in the United Kingdom. The findings include data on course offerings, curricula, field experiences, policies, equity policies regarding admission, and the number of disabled faculty and students in each program. Similarities and differences in supporting the unsettling of ableism, as well as advances pertaining to disability inclusion are discussed.  
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
  • Access to traumatic spinal cord injury care in Saskatchewan, Canada: A
           qualitative study on community healthcare provider perspectives

    • Authors: Katherine Knox, Noelle Rohatinsky, Marla Rogers, Donna Goodridge, Gary Linassi
      Pages: 83 - 103
      Abstract: Healthcare provider experiences with access to care for disabled patient populations may inform healthcare system change and improve health outcomes. Persons with spinal cord injury often require access to life-long care. The objective of this study was to explore healthcare provider perspectives on client access to care in traumatic spinal cord injury. We used an interpretive qualitative study with semi-structured interviews and focus groups to explore provider perspectives on five access dimensions: availability, accessibility, affordability, accommodation, and acceptability. Volunteer (n=23) healthcare providers (therapists, physicians, nurses, home care workers and managers) working with traumatic spinal cord injury clients in Saskatchewan participated. Nine healthcare providers serviced rural areas. Healthcare providers felt restricted in their ability to ensure availability of services. In rural areas, therapy and counselling services were often not available. Parking and transportation barriers severely impacted the accessibility of services. Inconsistencies related to the affordability of equipment and accessible housing were expressed. Efforts to accommodate clients to remain in their home communities were apparent. Night time or early morning care seemed impossible to accommodate.  Healthcare providers accepted that attitudes and efforts concerning health advocacy among clients, families, and other care providers impacted access. Barriers related to availability, accessibility, and affordability were perceived to affect traumatic spinal cord injury care. Healthcare providers identified the need to accommodate clients’ needs by assuming different healthcare and advocacy roles, especially in the face of service shortages. However, restrictions imposed by administrative guidelines, policies or cost were perceived to limit the ability to fully accommodate client’s needs.            
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
  • Resisting Disability, Claiming HIV: Introducing the Ability Contract and
           Conceptualizations of Liberal Citizenship

    • Authors: Ally Day
      Pages: 104 - 121
      Abstract: This paper interrogates the ambiguity of disability identification for women living with HIV, drawing on a nine-month field research project where participants formed a book group, reading memoirs about chronic episodic conditions such as HIV, lupus, MS, and chronic depression, and discussed their relationships to disability. In investigating this ambiguity, this paper re-reads Social Contract Theory, primarily the work of John Locke, Mills, Pateman, and Winnubst, to introduce the Ability Contract. Social Contract Theory can provide us with an understanding of labor’s centrality in the construction of the liberal subject, which implicitly shapes construction of dis/ability. Several scholars have written about Social Contract Theory’s applicability to gendered subjects and racialized subjects, but few scholars have used dis/ability to interrogate Social Contract Theory. This project looks at John Locke to argue that his understanding of labor, utility and waste, and the predictability of what will be produced, is a result of understanding one’s bodily boundaries. The Ability Contract is this triad of labor-utility-predictability that is foundational to liberal subjectivity. Disability upsets this construction of liberal subjectivity, which in turn, enables an unstable negotiation of identity that extends Chicana feminist theorist Chela Sandoval’s theorization differential consciousness. For women living with HIV, disability identification is useful for accessing temporary assistance but ultimately, the women who participated in this nine-month book group, disidentified with disability through a negotiation of labor. Through the Ability Contract, and the centrality of labor-utility-predictability, we can understand that a stable identification with disability is a privilege dependent upon male-bodied whiteness. 
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
  • Review of Facing Eugenics by Erika Dyck

    • Authors: Jen Rinaldi
      Pages: 123 - 128
      Abstract: In Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization, and the Politics of Choice, Erika Dyck constructs a social history of the Alberta sterilization program. Each chapter revolves around a case study that illustrates the deeper political undercurrents to reproductive choice in Canada. The author intends the work to locate “the Canadian experience within these broader trends while focusing on how these issues played out for individual Albertans” (20).
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
  • Review of Becoming Women by Carla Rice

    • Authors: Kaley Roosen
      Pages: 129 - 136
      Abstract: In Becoming Women: The Embodied Self in Image Culture, Rice interweaves the personal narratives of 90 women of diverse backgrounds with post-structural feminist critical psychology and disability studies theory in a manner that illuminates the complex process of identifying and becoming a woman.
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
  • Review of Disability Incarcerated

    • Authors: Bonnie Burstow
      Pages: 137 - 143
      Abstract: This anthology brings together scholars from across the United States and Canada to examine the “managing” of disability as a multi-faceted and intrinsically carceral project.
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3
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