In Disability Alliances and Allies: Opportunities and Challenges, Allison Carey, Joan Ostrove and Tara Fannon have gathered an interdisciplinary team of leading experts, to offer nuanced analyses of the meaning and practice of being an ally and of building effective alliances that account for the
structural, individual, and interpersonal challenges involved in amplifying disabled voices and centering the disability lived experience.
The first section of this volume addresses cooperation and conflict in advocacy and activism across social movements, organizations, and institutions. It examines the formation of new alliances, what happens when interests collide, and the social and economic challenges of forming coherent unions.
The second section engages issues of agency, autonomy, and identity in interpersonal relationships, highlighting the role of power and status, focusing on alliance dynamics between disabled and non-disabled people.
For its breadth and depth of research, this volume of Research in Social Science and Disability is essential reading for researchers and students across the social sciences interested in disability, social movements, activism, and identity.
Libraries are supposed to serve all people in the community, but some still struggle to provide support for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In an age of increasing social consciousness and awareness of diversity, individuals with IDD deserve the greatest attention and
support to achieve equality, yet how to do so remains a legitimate question as most library services are not yet prepared to offer the help needed.
In Libraries and Reading, expert authors Matthew Conner and Leah Plocharczyk examine the modern history of libraries and diversity, the recent legislative history of those with IDD such as No Child Left Behind and mainstreaming policies; learning theories such as social constructivism, cognitivism,
preliteracy, and Universal Design for Learning; and case studies of library outreach around the globe. Including real-world examples, they show how we can make big changes through small steps.
In a climate of tightened budgets and severe demands on public literacy resources, the moral imperative of helping those with IDD runs up against practical barriers. Conner and Plocharczyk go to the foundations of social justice in Cultural Studies to show how the means of integrating those with
disabilities into libraries and communities can be found in our everyday practices.
This volume explores questions about narrative frameworks in disability research. Narrative is a omnipresent meaning-producing communication form in social life that is both cultural and personal.
Public understandings of disability tend to follow a medical storyline in which disability is a personal tragedy to be treated through professional intervention - a frame that disempowers and fails to resonate with many disabled people. Scholars in disability studies and the social sciences have
proposed an alternative that portrays social structures, forces, and attitudes as the problems to be resolved - a frame that, while empowering, may neglect, or even repress, some kinds of personal disability stories.
This volume seeks to answer the call for richer, more diverse understandings of disability. We explore how narrative inquiry can broaden perspectives on disability to include pain, suffering, chronic illness, and episodic disability, as well as the perspectives of family members and caregivers,
while also serving as a platform for dismantling prejudice and discrimination in order to promote positive social change.