Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2009 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium

A number of Federal agencies collect statistical data on the population of people with disabilities to improve and support disability related programs and services. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, which is supported by a Department of Education grant, has complied this data into one resource, the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. The first edition, released in October, includes statistics from Federal sources and surveys on disability prevalence, population size,  including break-downs by state and disability type, employment and earnings, education, health and health care coverage, rehabilitation, and participation in benefit programs. The Center plans to update the compendium on a yearly basis to capture new or recurring data collections and demographic statistics.

The entire Compendium can be downloaded as a PDF or browsed by section on the Web.

Monday, December 14, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Current Journal Articles on Disability History

Introduction: About once a month (supply allowing), we post a listing of recently published historical articles about disability (somewhat broadly defined). These articles are usually found on the "current periodicals" shelves at a university library, from the most recent two calendar years (right now, 2008-2009). Some of them are culled from online Table of Contents sites maintained by journal publishers. We also include book chapters in new collections, cites for new books, and cites for review articles, new books, and new dissertations. Contributions are always welcomed offlist and are compiled into subsequent postings by the editor.

The usual caveats:

1) your definitions of history and disability may exclude some of these articles, and include others;

2) listing here does not necessarily constitute a recommendation of the articles involved; and

3) only English-language tables of contents or abstracts are usually culled (but works in other languages are welcome from contributors).


Halliwell, Martin. "'No Place to Go, See': Blindness and World War II Demobilization Narratives," _Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies_ 3(2)(2009): [no pages, sorry].

Hickman, Clare. "Cheerful Prospects and Tranquil Restoration: The Visual Experience of Landscape as Part of the Therapeutic Regime of the British Asylum, 1800-60," _History of Psychiatry_ 20(1)(December 2009): 425-441.

Kelly, Brendan D. "Criminal Insanity in 19th-century Ireland, Europe, and the United States: Cases, Contexts, and Controversies," _International Journal of Law and Psychiatry_ 32(6)(November-December 2009): 362-368.

Larner, A. J. "Margiad Evans (1909-1958): A History of Epilepsy in a Creative Writer," _Epilepsy & Behavior_ 16(4)(2009): 596-598.

McCulloch, Jock. "Hiding a Pandemic: Dr. G. W. H. Schepers and the Politics of Silicosis in South Africa," _Journal of Southern African Studies_ 35(4)(2009): 835-848.

Tilley, Heather. "Frances Browne, the 'Blind Poetess': Toward a Poetics of Blind Writing," _Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies_ 3(2)(2009): [no pages, sorry].

Vandeventer Pearman, Tory. "Refiguring Disability: Deviance, Blinding, and the Supernatural in Thomas Chestre's Sir Launfal," _Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies_ 3(2)(2009): [no pages, sorry].


James E. Moran reviewed Susan Piddock, _A Space of their Own: The Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Lunatic Asylums in Britain, South Australia, and Tasmania_ (Springer 2007), in _History of Psychiatry_ 20(1)(December 2009): 502.

Edward Shorter reviewed Roger Bartra, _Melancholy and Culture: Diseases of the Soul in Golden Age Spain_ (University of Wales Press 2008), in _History of Psychiatry_ 20(1)(December 2009): 505.

Ivan Crozier reviewed Richard C. Keller, _Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa_ (Chicago University Press 2007), in _History of Psychiatry_ 20(1)(December 2009): 506-508.

Kate Blackmore reviewed Marina Larsson, _Shattered Anzacs: Living with the Scars of War_ (University of New South Wales Press 2009), in _Social History of Medicine_ 22(3)(2009): 622-624.

Louise Hill Curth reviewed Elizabeth Lane Furdell, _Fatal Thirst: Diabetes in Britain until Insulin_ (Brill 2009), in _Social History of Medicine_ 22(3)(2009): 636-637.

Iain Hutchison reviewed Gayle Davis, _'The Cruel Madness of Love': Sex, Syphilis and Psychiatry in Scotland, 1880-1930_ (Rodopi 2008), in _Journal of Scottish Historical Studies_ 29(2)(2009): 145-147.

R. A. R. Edwards reviewed John Vickrey Van Cleve, ed., _The Deaf History Reader_ (Gallaudet University Press 2007) and Harlan Lane, ed., _The Deaf Experience: Classics in Language and Education_ (Gallaudet University Press 2006) in _History of Education Quarterly_ 49(4)(2009): 553-555.

James W. Trent reviewed Corinne Manning, _Bye-Bye Charlie: Stories from the Vanishing World of Kew Cottages_ (University of New South Wales Press 2008), in _Disability Studies Quarterly_ 29(4)(2009): online at


Deirdre O'Connell, _The Ballad of Blind Tom: Slave Pianist, America's Lost Musical Genius_ (Overlook Press 2009).

compiled by
Penny L. Richards PhD
Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Co-editor, H-Education and H-Disability