While there are more terms in Disability Studies than the ones included in this post, this is a good starting point and simple explanation of some of the common terms used in DS.
By: Ciara Saavedra
Keywords for Disability Studies describes ability as a “quality in a person that makes an action possible” (Adams et al. 12). Today, ability is seen as a simple binary term that encompasses two parts to it- ability and disability (Adams et al. 5). From this definition, these terms function as opposites of one another which leaves little space for those who fall in between (Adams et al. 12). The Oxford English Dictionary defines ability as, “the quality in a person or thing which makes an action possible; suitable or sufficient power or proficiency; capability, capacity to do, or (now rare) of doing something” (“ability, n.”). This definition alludes to the Industrial Revolution as it gives the impression that ability gives way to efficiency; thus seeing the body as a means to producing an end (Adams et al. 12). The OED also defines ability…
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