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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.                                                       


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 266 | WORD Downloads 43 PDF Downloads 85

Research Articles and Essays

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

Francisca Adom-Opare
Abstract 122 | WORD Downloads 61 PDF Downloads 61

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

Oche Onazi
Abstract 89 | WORD Downloads 42 PDF Downloads 46

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 70 | WORD Downloads 38 PDF Downloads 27

Disabilities in an African Cultural Worldview

Edwin Etieyibo
Abstract 122 | WORD Downloads 41 PDF Downloads 65

Realizing the Right to Health of People Living with Podoconiosis

Kidus Meskele
Abstract 51 | WORD Downloads 34 PDF Downloads 33

Employment of People with Disabilities in the Hotel Sector in Zimbabwe

Oliver Chikuta, Lovemore Chitambara, Phanos Matura
Abstract 263 | WORD Downloads 68 PDF Downloads 62

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

Firdaws Oyebisi P-Ibrahim
Abstract 80 | WORD Downloads 44 PDF Downloads 36

Creative Works


Kobus Moolman
Abstract 76 | WORD Downloads 25 PDF Downloads 21

Seen and Unseen Steps to Success

Jean Cathro
Abstract 43 | WORD Downloads 25 PDF Downloads 15

‘The Matutu Girl’

Karolina Wambui
Abstract 40 | WORD Downloads 26 PDF Downloads 17

Additional Global Research

Counseling Clients with Learning Disabilities

Tamekia Bell, Theodore Remley, Jr. , Tara Hill
Abstract 166 | WORD Downloads 46 PDF Downloads 51

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

James Montgomery, Andrew Sithling, Fairlene Soji, Matthew Reeve, Nathan Grills
Abstract 61 | WORD Downloads 31 PDF Downloads 18

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

Leanne Manson, Tim McCreanor, Heather Came
Abstract 251 | WORD Downloads 29 PDF Downloads 62

“Listen to the Parents, Just Listen to Them”

Kelly Vaughan
Abstract 115 | WORD Downloads 31 PDF Downloads 36

Notes from the Field

Dissertation & Abstracts v18i1&2

Abstract 61 | WORD Downloads 23 PDF Downloads 24
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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.