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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Thursday, October 13, 2005

More About Disabilities

To piggyback on Jacob's comments, I just want to add that it seemed like McCook was defining disabilities as physical or visible disabilities. I kept looking for more about working with people who have invisible disabilities such as one or more of the myriad of learning disabilities, AD(H)D, MS, chronic pain, etc. Conflating all types of disabilities into one giant "disabilities" umbrella term is short-sighted and careless, at best, and recklessly indifferent, at worst.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jacob said...

Looking back at pages 67, 73, 76, 87, and 95, only on page 73 does McCook actually use the term "individuals with disabilities". She does not attempt to define who she includes in the category "individuals with disabilities so we do not know who she includes and excludes.

8:27 PM  
Blogger k8 said...

Yeah, but the one mention with the words disabilities and homebound linked together led me to think that she wasn't thinking more broadly - and that really isn't all that uncommon, is it. People often forget about things that they can't see.

10:11 PM  

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