Personal Reflections on Disability Culture

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Steven E. Brown


disability culture, disability history, disability pride


Ten years ago, few of us knew what the phrase disability culture meant.  Since then, there’s been a proliferation of articles, books and discussions about this concept.  The author reflects on changes of the past decade.

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