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Launching RDS Journal’s open-access issu Volume 14, Issue 3, ‘Dismantling Abelims: The Moral Imperative for School Leaders’

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Volume 14, Issue 3 is now available!

Launching RDS Journal’s open-access issue with special forum, ‘Dismantling Ableism: The Moral Imperative for School Leaders,’ with Guest Editors Dr. Holly Manaseri & Dr. Josh Bornstein. Including a featured Editorial by RDS Forums Editor Dr. Jenifer Barclay, a first-person creative works perspective, and our ongoing effort to highlight the latest in Disability Studies dissertations and abstracts.


Forum Introduction

Dismantling Ableism: The Moral Imperative for School Leaders

Guest Forum Editors: Holly Manaseri, Ph.D, University of Rochester & Josh Bornstein, Ph.D, Fairleigh Dickinson University
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“This is a special issue dedicated to exploring the efforts used in leadership development sectors such as education, public health and public administration to explicitly address abelism as a part of the professional training program....

Forum Research Articles

Disability Studies and Educational Leadership Preparation: The Moral Imperative

Josh Bornstein, Ph.D, Fairleigh Dickinson University, & Holly Manaseri, Ph.D, University of Rochester
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Socially Just Educators Staying True to Themselves: The Role of Administrators Within or Outside of their Social Support Network

Carrie Eileen Rood, Ph.D, SUNY College at Cortland
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Towards an Indigenous Leadership Paradigm for Dismantling Ableism

Hollie J. Mackie, Ph.D, University of Oklahoma
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Wounding: Individual and Cultural Marginalization of a Student and Parent “Too Difficult to Serve”

Laura Franklin, Ed.D, Wayne State College
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“Yachts and Guns and Bears – oh my!”: The Ministry of Truth… errrrr, Department of Education in Trump’s America

Jenifer L. Barclay, Ph.D, Washington State University
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Creative Works


Lindsay Lee Heller, Hawaii
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Disability Studies Dissertations Abstracts

Dissertation & Abstracts v14i3

Jonathon Erlen , PhD, University of Pittsburgh & Megan Conway, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pennsylvania & Hawaii, USA
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Subscription – RDS will be Open Access starting September 1st, 2018

Subscription – RDS will be Open Access starting September 1st, 2018

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Volume 14, Issue 2 – Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal now available!

Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. Volume 14 Issue 2. The Crip, the Fat and the Ugly in an Age of Austerity: Resistance, Reclamation, and Affirmation. Dr. Jen Slater, Dr. Kirsty Liddiard RDS Guest Editors. June 2018


Releasing the highly anticipated forum, ‘The Crip, The Fat and The Ugly in an Age of Austerity: Resistance, Reclamation and Affirmation’ w/ Guest Editors Dr. Kirsty Liddiard & Jen Slater. Including a delightful #DisFilm interview w/ Dominick Evans, along with the latest Disability Studies opportunities.



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Call for Papers ‘Disability and Shame’ June 1, 2018

Deadline extended!

Call for Papers: Disability and Shame

Anticipated publication date: June 1, 2019 (Volume 15, issue 2)

The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal is issuing a Call for Papers for a special forum on the subject of shame and disability, broadly conceived. It is hoped that through critical discourse addressing the historical and current contexts, contributing factors, effects, and responses to shame, greater understanding of this phenomena will diminish discrimination and violence.

Full papers should be submitted directly to RDS online at no later than June 1, 2018. Please submit to the category “Forum – Disability and Shame”.

For questions about the content of the Forum, please contact the guest editors John Jones,, Dana Lee Baker,, or Stephanie Patterson,

For questions about the submissions process, please contact

Submissions to this special issue will undergo a process of peer-review. Authors will be notified of whether their papers will be invited for consideration in the forum by August 1, 2018. Prospective authors are encouraged to consult the RDS website at for more information about the journal and its formatting guidelines. Authors are encouraged to review previous issues of RDS in preparing their paper. Please note that initial acceptance of an article does not guarantee publication in RDS. RDS is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international journal published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The journal contains research articles, essays, creative works and multimedia relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities.


Disability and Shame Forum Overview

Shame plays a powerful role in social interactions, beliefs, and institutions. Shame and shaming take varied and quite diversely motivated forms. Shame exists as both a cultural and psychological construct, stimuli for and reactions to which are heavily context-dependent. For much of history and across varied cultural contexts, disability provoked shame. Whether understood as the result of personal failings, sins of a family, misapplication of scientific findings, or empirical evidence of an unhappy deity, experiencing disability involved largely unquestioned shaming. During the last decades of the twentieth century, progress much attributed to disability rights movements finally created expanding space between disability and shame.

Yet, shame remains a powerful and often-accepted tool of social control, an incorporated pillar of our social infrastructures along with cultural norms, popular culture, and public policy. For example, in September 2016, Satoshi Uematsu killed 19 patients at a center for disabled people outside Tokyo. In the aftermath, many family members of the deceased declined to speak to the media and asked not to be identified out of shame that others would know that their family members had a disability (Ha & Sieg, 2016). Such a tragic outcome in Japan in response to fear of disgrace signifies a decided need to examine the role of personal and societal shame and how it affects the lives of people with disabilities.


Topics to be Explored (suggested, but not limited to):

  • Shame, disability, identity

  • Labelling and shame

  • Shame and relationships

  • Shame and dependency/interdependency

  • Shame and culture

  • Shame and access to public programs

  • Historical connection between disability and poverty

  • Historical shame

  • Diversity and shame

  • Intersectional approaches to understanding shame

  • Reclaiming shame

  • Shame and employment

  • Societal and family shame resulting in violence against disabled people


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