Disability Culture

  • Alexis BuettgenEmail author
  • Rachel Gorman
Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)


This chapter is dedicated to disability in the context of diversity with a focus on the disability culture movement (highlighting artists, ethno-racial communities, and community leaders) followed by a critical review of disability in the mainstream, disability, and the social determinants of well-being and suggestions on how to be an inclusive practitioner. In this chapter, you will learn about disability in the context of cultural participation and community leadership. The chapter highlights a few of the leading Canadian organizers and activists involved in the disability justice and rights movements. From a critical disability studies perspective, the chapter explains how influential the social environment, and respect for culture and diversity is to individuals with disabilities in society. The chapter also draws from community psychology to bring attention to the need for practitioner training that is informed by the voices and experiences of disabled people themselves. Here we aspire to promote a new understanding of disability in terms of various cultural norms and inclusion of diversity.


Disability Diversity Community psychology Critical disability studies Inclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eviance, Canadian Centre on Disability StudiesWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Critical Disability Studies, Faculty of Health, School of Health Policy and Management, York UniversityTorontoCanada

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