Writing, Identity, and the Other: Dare We Do Disability Studies?

  • Linda WareEmail author
Part of the Critical Studies of Education book series (CSOE, volume 12)


Although inclusive education is often characterized as a special education initiative, both general and special educators must assume responsibility for all children's learning as mandated by 1997 amendments to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. The practice and implementation of inclusion policy in both K-12 public education and teacher education necessitates close examination of many issues that extend beyond compliance concerns. This article problematizes two related aspects of inclusion reform and its implementation in practice: persistence of unexamined assumptions about disability and uninspired curriculum. The author begins with an overview of humanities-based disability studies, an emerging field of scholarship that holds great promise for reimagining disability. Then the author describes a partnership between a secondary language arts teacher and herself wherein they created and cotaught Writing, Identity, and the Other, a curriculum unit informed by humanities-based disability studies. This example provides insight to the question, Dare we do disability studies?



I would like to acknowledge the participants of the First Summer Institute on Disability Studies (July, 2000), sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and codirected by Paul K. Longmore (San Francisco State University) and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Howard University).


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