Discrimination against people with developmental, physical, and/or mental disabilities. This form of discrimination emerges from cultures that treat able bodies as the norm and disabled bodies as broken and in need of 'fixing.' Disability culture has emerged as a way to recognize the history of disabled folks, honor the dignity and humanity of all persons regardless of what their bodies can or cannot do, and fight against institutional ableism.
Ableism, Disability, and Anarchy: a documentary by the Ontario based anarchist collective, Common Cause.
From Abelism to Racism in the Animal Liberation Movement. Anthony J. Nocella II. of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies talks about eco-ability, prison abolition, and intersectionality.
Creamer, Deborah Beth. Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Attention to embodiment and the religious significance of bodies is one of the most significant shifts in contemporary theology. In the midst of this, however, experiences of disability have received little attention. This book explores possibilities for theological engagement with disability, focusing on three primary alternatives: challenging existing theological models to engage with the disabled body, considering possibilities for a disability liberation theology, and exploring new theological options based on an understanding of the unsurprisingness of human limits. The overarching perspective of this book is that limits are an unavoidable aspect of being human, a fact we often seem to forget or deny. Yet not only do all humans experience limits, most of us also experience limits that take the form of disability at some point in our lives; in this way, disability is more "normal" than non-disability. If we take such experiences seriously and refuse to reduce them to mere instances of suffering, we discover insights that are lost when we take a perfect or generic body as our starting point for theological reflections. While possible applications of this insight are vast, this work focuses on two areas of particular interest: theological anthropology and metaphors for God. This project challenges theology to consider the undeniable diversity of human embodiment. It also enriches previous disability work by providing an alternative to the dominant medical and minority models, both of which fail to acknowledge the full diversity of disability experiences. Most notably, this project offers new images and possibilities for theological construction that attend appropriately and creatively to diversity in human embodiment.
Hussein, Taha. The Days. Originally published in Arabic in Egypt. A memoir of the childhood of the author, growing up blind in the Egyptian countryside. The story illuminates the world, allowing the reader to "see" with other senses and shows the ways in which disability is a social construct that favours sight because it is precisely what makes us blind to the sounds and breathing of the world.
McCloughry, Roy, and Wayne Morris. Making a World of Difference: Christian Reflections on Disability. London: SPCK, 2002. Making a World of Difference seeks to respond to the agenda being set by disabled people with the slogan "Nothing about us without us"—an agenda that is frequently ignored by the Church—and aims to stimulate people with little or no formal theological training to reflect on the implications of relating disability to the Christian faith. McCloughry and Morris offer practical advice on what individuals and churches can do to make a difference and cover in detail issues such as healing ministry and the access and ways of including disabled people within the church, while using their gifts and ministry to the fullest extent.