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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 has been extended to November 18th, 2022. Papers should be submitted to the RDS online submission system at https://rdsjournal.org/ .


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Current Issue

Vol. 18 No. 1 & 2 (2022): Special Issue: Understanding Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Special Issue: Understanding Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa Guest Editors Elvis Imafidon, Charlotte Baker

Special issue exploring issues of Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

This special issue of the Review of Disability Studies consists of original articles and creative works that take seriously and explore some important aspects of sub-Saharan African perspectives on disability and their impact on understandings of disability and the lived experiences of persons with disabilities in African societies. This special issue focuses on communities in countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and general understandings of disability.

This double issue also contains additional international disability studies research.

Plain language abstracts for all essays and creative work may be accessed at:

Published: 2022-10-25


Editorial: Special Issue: Understanding Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Elvis Imafidon, Charlotte Baker
Abstract 71 | WORD Downloads 16 PDF Downloads 37

Research Articles and Essays

Cultural Etiologies of Disability in Ghana: A Case of Food Taboos in Pregnancy

Francisca Adom-Opare
Abstract 44 | WORD Downloads 20 PDF Downloads 29

What Obligations Should Be Owed to [African] People with Disabilities?

Oche Onazi
Abstract 40 | WORD Downloads 18 PDF Downloads 25

Qualitative Exploration of the Experiences and Coping Strategies of Individuals with Disabilities at Some Selected Healthcare Facilities in the Bosomtwe District of Ghana

Enoch Acheampong, Anthony Kwaku Edusei, Peter Agyei-Baffuor, Reindolf Anokye, Godfred Atta-Osei
Abstract 30 | WORD Downloads 11 PDF Downloads 12

Disabilities in an African Cultural Worldview

Edwin Etieyibo
Abstract 47 | WORD Downloads 11 PDF Downloads 23

Realizing the Right to Health of People Living with Podoconiosis

Kidus Meskele
Abstract 20 | WORD Downloads 12 PDF Downloads 17

Employment of People with Disabilities in the Hotel Sector in Zimbabwe

Oliver Chikuta, Lovemore Chitambara, Phanos Matura
Abstract 101 | WORD Downloads 24 PDF Downloads 30

Literary Representations of People with Disabilities in Selected Nigerian Prose-works

Firdaws Oyebisi P-Ibrahim
Abstract 31 | WORD Downloads 14 PDF Downloads 18

Creative Works


Kobus Moolman
Abstract 27 | WORD Downloads 8 PDF Downloads 8

Seen and Unseen Steps to Success

Jean Cathro
Abstract 20 | WORD Downloads 9 PDF Downloads 6

‘The Matutu Girl’

Karolina Wambui
Abstract 16 | WORD Downloads 9 PDF Downloads 8

Additional Global Research

Counseling Clients with Learning Disabilities

Tamekia Bell, Theodore Remley, Jr. , Tara Hill
Abstract 93 | WORD Downloads 14 PDF Downloads 22

Disabled People’s Organisations Grow Social Connectedness for Persons with Disabilities

James Montgomery, Andrew Sithling, Fairlene Soji, Matthew Reeve, Nathan Grills
Abstract 27 | WORD Downloads 13 PDF Downloads 11

Critical te Tiriti analysis of the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016-2026

Leanne Manson, Tim McCreanor, Heather Came
Abstract 101 | WORD Downloads 5 PDF Downloads 8

“Listen to the Parents, Just Listen to Them”

Kelly Vaughan
Abstract 48 | WORD Downloads 13 PDF Downloads 16

Notes from the Field

Dissertation & Abstracts v18i1&2

Abstract 24 | WORD Downloads 10 PDF Downloads 13
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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.