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Disability Studies at Yale: Books

A research guide for disability resources

Library Homepage Search Box-Quicksearch

This is the search box that appears on the Yale University Library home page. Use Quicksearch and enter search terms in the box to get started searching. Don't worry about being too precise at first; you can easily narrow down your results later by clicking on the results and using the choices on the left hand side. 


In your results screen, you'll notice a quilt of results, in all kinds of genres and formats.  Click on the column on the left to help narrow your results.
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Use "subject browse" in the dropdown next to the search box to find books and enter headings like:

  • Disability studies
  • Sociology of disability
  • Disabled persons
  • People with disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • People with visual disabilities
  • People with disabilities in literature
  • People with disabilities in mass media
  • Artists with disabilities
  • Children with disabilities
  • Parents with disabilities
  • Students with disabilities
  • Women with disabilities
  • Computers and people with disabilities
  • Developmentally disabled children
  • Communicative disorders
  • Hearing disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Psychomotor disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Mental retardation
  • Learning disabled
  • Blind
  • Deaf
  • Barrier-free design
  • Special education
  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Discrimination against people with disabilities
  • Eugenics


Subject headings will also subdivide. For example, People with disabilities includes the following sub-divisions:

  • People with disabilities -- History
  • People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc.
  • People with disabilities -- Social conditions
  • People with disabilities -- United States -- Statistics

Other keywords you might want to consider include:  "Mad Studies," "Crip Theory," "Neurodiversity," "Universal Design," "Ableism," and "Disability Rights," "Universal Design for Learning," "Cognitive disability," "Sensory disability," "Accessibility," "Accessible technology," "Disability rights movement," "Mad people's history," "Independent Living Movement," "Eco-crip," and "Audism"


Medical Subject terms (MeSH Headings)

For those of you interested in searching medical literature, particularly databases like PubMed, use these subject terms to help identify materials on disability. 

MeSH terms

  • Disabled persons
  • Dental Care for Disabled
  • Early Intervention (Education)
  • Education, Special
  • Employment, Supported
  • Mainstreaming (Education)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Self-Help Devices
  • Amputees [M01.150.100]
  • Disabled Children [M01.150.200]
  • Mentally Disabled Persons [M01.150.600]
  • Mentally Ill Persons [M01.150.725]
  • Persons With Hearing Impairments [M01.150.750]
  • Visually Impaired Persons [M01.150.850]