The latest issue of RDS is out! Volume 12 Issue 4
The latest issue of RDS is out! You won't want to miss this issue featuring an international tapestry of disability studies focused research, creative works, best practices, film review and much more.
Check out our featured editorial Cripping Concepts: Accessibility by Dr. Kelly Fritsch, RDS Associate Editor for Research.
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Volume 12 Issue 4 | Table of Contents
Cripping Concepts: Accessibility
Kelly Fritsch, Ph.D., RDS Associate Editor for Research
Understanding Disability from the Views and Experiences of Taiwanese People with a Physical Disability
Hsiu-Ching Lin, PhD & Marie Knox, PhD
Taiwan and Australia
Assessing the Impact and Uses of the Disability Common Fund Among Persons with Disabilities in Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana
Anthony Kwaku Edusei, Paulina Adjei-Domfeh, Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah, Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Eric Badu, Christopher Seth Appiah , & Kwame Nkrumah
A Study of the Impact of Disability Studies on the Perceptions of Education Professionals
Meghan Cosier, PhD, Aja McKee, PhD & Audri Gomez, PhD
Can’t C Me
Shawn Robinson, Ph.D.
Best Practices in Disability Studies
Questions, Questions: Using Problem-Based Learning to Infuse Disability Studies into an Introductory Secondary Special Education Course
Laura Eisenman & Marisa Kofke
'Autism in Love' Review
Raphael Raphael, Ph.D
Disability Studies Dissertation Abstracts
Jonathan Erlen, Megan Conway
A pair of folded sunglasses sits on a table in front of a round crystal clock with roman numerals and a bottle of capsules. The base of the clock and the bottom of the pill bottle can be seen through the top of the sunglasses. Part of the pill bottle label can be seen: "Lith. . .300. . . ."
The artist defines a lens as a device that transforms the user's experience in some way and designates a focus. The drawing prompts the viewer's contemplation of lenses on three different levels (three lenses of interpretation). First, on a literal level, the drawing includes three translucent objects that serve as lenses. The textures of the clock, the bottle, and the sunglasses create a proliferation of lenses refracting the viewer's focus in numerous directions. On this literal level, the lenses interact with one another so that the viewer has multiple views. For example, the sunglasses influence the experience of viewing part of the clock and part of the bottle, and hence, the view of some of the pills.
On a second level, the three objects prompt the viewer to contemplate the ways in which the objects function as metaphorical lenses. Time, represented by the clock, has served as a lens shifting the artist's experience of disability and disablement as well as designating different focuses. The disability studies perspective that nondisabled folks are "not presently disabled" draws on the the lens of time to frame experience. Moreover, by problematizing the nondisabled/disabled binary, disability studies theorists point out that someone can be concurrently disabled and (en)abled in various ways, proliferating the lenses of time in the present moment. The other two items are personally significant to the artist. Moods, and thus mood stabilizing medication, serve as lenses that affect the artist's experience of the world. The third object, sunglasses, enables certain experiences of the world during migraines. Just as on the literal level the lenses interact with one another, on the metaphorical level, the lenses are experienced in ways that interact. For example, the experience of migraine can prompt shifts in mood and shifts in mood can influence the experience of migraine. Both can influence one's experience of time.
On a third level, disability studies itself serves as a lens through which to view the drawing. Simi Linton (1998) has noted that disability studies "is a prism through which one can gain a broader understanding of society and human experience" (p. 118).
Linton, S. (1998). Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity. New York, NY: University Press.