Disability Studies Ethics: Theoretical Approaches for the Undergraduate Classroom

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Michelle Jarman


ethics, disability studies, social justice


By challenging disability prejudice and advocating for people with disabilities in crucial bioethical debates, disability rights activists and scholars have been reformulating ethical discourse. This essay suggests pedagogical strategies for introducing undergraduates to an ethics of disability studies, and integrating disability perspectives into broader questions of social justice.


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