About the Journal

Since 2003, RDS has published over 500 authors from around the world. One of only a handful of peer-reviewed Disability Studies journals in the world, the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS) is a quarterly online, open-access journal that provides an international forum for people with disabilities, academics, professionals, artists and creators from all backgrounds and expertise to express ideas relevant to our understanding of disability.                                                       


China & Disability Special Issue: Call for papers

We are pleased to announce a Special Issue on Disability and China with guest editors Dr. Luanjiao Hu, The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University, and Dr. Fengming Cui, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Harvard University. We are currently soliciting papers of approximately 6000 words in length. The deadline for submission of papers is October 31, 2022. Papers should be submitted to the RDS online submission system at https://rdsjournal.org/ .


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Current Issue

Vol. 17 No. 4 (2022): Special Issue: Disability and Film and Media

Published: 2022-02-04



Beth Haller, Lawrence Carter-Long
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Research Articles and Essays

Exploring the Development of Disability Identity by Young Creators on Instagram

Kristen Tollan
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Vernacular Radio Stations and Inclusive Education in marginalized communities in Kenya

John Ndavula, Jackline Lidubwi
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Disability Metaphors and Patriotic-Enlightenment Movement in the Korea Daily News, 1907-1910

Eunyoung Jung
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Temporal drag, radical negativity and the re-articulation of disabled identities in American Horror Story

Alison Wilde
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Review: Code of the Freaks (2020)

Jeffrey Preston
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Towards a Superfest Origin Story

Emily Beitiks
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Creative Works

"The Co-Op": Director's Statement

Cameron Mitchell
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Heroic Justice for Quasimodo Through Re-creation

Talia Steinmetz
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Notes from the Field

Conference Announcement: 37th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability & Diversity Held Virtually February 28 & March 1, 2022 HST

Pac Rim Team 2022
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Dissertation & Abstracts v17i4

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The Review of Disability Studies (RDS) is a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that is targeted towards any person interested in disability studies. We have readers and authors from all over the world. We accept submissions in English of a scholarly nature covering a range of disciplines within disability studies as well as creative works expressing ideas in the area of disability. The RDS journal contains the following sections: 1. Research and Essays; 2. Topical Forums; 3. Creative Works; 4. Global Perspective on Disability Studies; 5. Multi-Media Review; 6. Notes from the Field; 7. Dissertation Abstracts. The journal is published four times a year, and each issue runs approximately 50 pages.