An Essay on the Beginnings of Disability Culture and Its Study

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David Pfeiffer


disability culture, disability pride, disability movement


The formal study of disability culture began around 1985.  Steven Brown, the editor of this Forum, was the pioneer. Of the many indicators of the existence of a culture the first article in the field emphasized artifacts and language. Out of sometimes heated discussions of disability culture emerged disability pride. The concept of disability culture is a vital and important one today for the disability movement.

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Brown, Steven E. (1994) Investigating a Culture of Disability: Final Report. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Project Number: H133F30010, 1993-1994.

Pfeiffer, David. (1985) “Is There a Culture of Disability?” Proceedings of the 1984 AHSSPPE Conference, pages 130-32. Schein, Andrea. (1985) Is There a Culture of Disability?

Proceedings of the 1984 AHSSPPE Conference, pages 133-38.

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