RDS Volume 5, No. 2

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    Disability Studies Dissertation Abstracts
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Erlen, Jonathan
    This is a section of RDS courtesy of Jonathan Erlen of the University of Pittsburgh. Abstracts listed below are selected from a full list of disability-related dissertation abstracts updated quarterly. The full list is available at: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/guides/histmed/researchresources/dissertations/index_html
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    Book Review: The Facts of Life. . And More: Sexuality and Intimacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Black, Rhonda S.
    Author: Leslie Walker-Hirsch Reviewer: Rhonda S. Black Publisher: Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2007 Paper, ISBN: 978-155766714-4, 320 pages Cost: $29.95 USD Available from http://www.brookespublishing.com or www.amazon.com
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    Book Review: Instructional Materials for Teaching Sociology & Disability Studies
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Chang, Heng-hao
    Authors: Lynn Schlesinger & Diane E. Taub (Eds.) Reviewer: Heng-hao Chang Publisher: American Sociological Association (ASA), 2004, 340 pages Cost: $18.00 USD (ASA member) or $22.00 USD (non-member). Orders by phone can be made by calling call (202) 383-9005 x389 or at: http://www.e-noah.net/asa/asashoponlineservice/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=ASAOE367D04
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    Book Review: My Body of Knowledge: Stories of Disability, Healing, and Life
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Brown, Steven E.
    Authors: Karen Myers and Felicia Ferlin (Eds.) Reviewer: Steven E. Brown Publisher: Ostego, MI: PageFree, 2006. Paper, ISBN – 1-58961-509-3, 220 pages Cost: $14.95 USD
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    Book Review: Quick Guides to Inclusion: Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Conway, Megan
    Authors: Michael Giangreco & Mary Beth Doyle (Eds.) Reviewer: Megan A. Conway Publisher: Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes, 2007 Paper, ISBN: 978-1-55766-897-4, 352 pages Cost: $39.95 USD
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    Little Displays: The Photographs of Ricardo Gil
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Millett, Ann
    Ricardo Gil is a little person who photographs his family and lifestyle. I compare Gil’s images to images of little people drawn from fine art, the freak show, and popular culture. Gil’s photographs express dwarfism as an embodied perspective and subject position.
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    Promising Interventions for Promoting STEM Fields to Students Who Have Disabilities
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Burgstahler, Sheryl ; Chang, Chuan
    This study compared two groups of transition program participants—those with reported strengths and career goals in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) and those without—regarding their characteristics and perceptions of the social, academic, and career benefits of program interventions. Consistent with previous research on gender and STEM, more males than females reported strengths and goals in STEM. Results suggest that type of disability may play a role in the perception of STEM fields as career options, perhaps resulting in less interest in these fields on the part of students with mobility/orthopedic impairments. While the STEM group expressed more interest in technology-related activities, non-STEM participants consistently rated themselves higher in self-advocacy skills and perceived that program participation improved their social skills more than did STEM participants. Regarding motivation to attend college, academic interest and love of learning/challenges was cited more often by members of the STEM group, while job/career preparation was identified by more of the non-STEM students. As far as motivation for employment, financial security was selected by significantly more of the STEM-oriented participants and pursuit of independent living was chosen by more of the non-STEM participants. Results suggest that program interventions may help change college study and career plans of those who do not initially have STEM interests. Based on the responses of the two groups in this study, the authors make program recommendations for increasing the representation of people with disabilities in STEM fields.
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    A Race Apart: Genocide and the Protection of Disabled Persons Under International Law
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Ford, A. Rahman
    The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide neglects to include persons with disabilities as a protected group. Such an omission denies the common etymological “racial” ancestry shared by those groups included in the Genocide Convention and disabled persons. Further, it denies the historical fact that the Holocaust victimized persons with disabilities, along with other categories of groups already protected. Thus, the Genocide Convention should be amended to include disabled persons.
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    Gender and Disability: A First Look at Rehabilitation Syllabi and a Call to Action
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009) Lewis, Allen ; Brubaker, Sarah ; Armstrong, Amy
    This study provides an overview of recent scholarship in the area of gender and disability, as well as findings from an evaluation of syllabi from five core courses in graduate rehabilitation education programs. Findings from this exploratory study revealed a need for more attention toward integration of the topic of gender and disability into rehabilitation education courses. Study results showed that in only one out of three courses where there would be a reasonable expectation to see such topics was the content actually addressed. Specific recommendations for enhancing attention to gender issues within rehabilitation education courses are offered.
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    Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Volume 5 Issue 2
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2009)