Disability Independence Day 2020

Disability Independence Day
Photo: Protest for the Rehabilitation Act 1973, Courtesy of Tom Olin

This month, we celebrate “Disability Independence Day” which commemorates the signing of the “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. The ADA provides protection for people with disabilities in their “fight” to acquire equitable access to our nation’s institutions. The following members of the MSU community have made significant contributions to this cause.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson has been with MSU since 1992, and is currently the director of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD).

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Jasmine Jordan

Jasmine Jordan is a senior in the College of Social Science majoring in Political Science. She is the co-president of the Council of Students with Disabilities (CSD), as well as a member of the Honors College and Social Science Scholars Program.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Spotlight
Jenifer Barclay

Jenifer Barclay is an alumna of the Michigan State University College of Social Science. In 2011, she earned her PhD in History, and is now an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo. 

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Additional Resources

  • Scholarly/Academic Suggested Readings
    • Baynton, Douglas. “Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History” in Longmore, Paul and Umansky, Lauri, eds. The New Disability History: American Perspectives. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

    • Ben-Moshe, Liat, Chapman, Chris and Carey, Allison C. eds. Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 

    • Burch, Susan and Joyner, Hannah. Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

    • Clare, Eli. Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling With Cure. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017.

    • Erevelles, Nirmala. Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Enabling a Transformative Body Politic. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011.

    • Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

    • Hall, Kim ed. Feminist Disability Studies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011. 

    • Linton, Simi. Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

    • Rembis, Michael, Kudlick, Catherine, and Nielsen, Kim E. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Disability History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

    • Shapiro, Joseph. No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1993.

  • Popular Suggested Readings/Video