Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
374 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380469
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This long-awaited reader explores the history of Canadian people with disabilities from Confederation to current day. This collection focuses on Canadians with mental, physical, and cognitive disabilities, and discusses the ways in which they lived, worked, and influenced public policy in Canada.

Organized by time period, the 23 chapters in this collection are authored by a diverse group of scholars who discuss the untold histories of Canadians with disabilities—Canadians who influenced science and technology, law, education, healthcare, and social justice. Selected chapters discuss disabilities among Indigenous women; the importance of community inclusion; the ubiquity of stairs in the Montreal metro; and the ethics of disability research. Untold Stories: A Canadian Disability History Reader offers an exceptional presentation of influential people with various disabilities who brought about social change and helped to make Canada more accessible.

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Table of Contents

Nancy Hansen, Roy Hanes, and Diane Driedger

Section I: Setting the Stage

Chapter 1
“Out from Under”: A Brief History of Everything
Kathryn Church, Melanie Panitch, Catherine Frazee, and Phaedra Livingstone

Chapter 2
Posthumous Exploitation? The Ethics of Researching, Writing, and Being Accountable as a Disability Historian
Geoffrey Reaume

Chapter 3
Uncovering Disability History
Nancy Hansen

Section II: Confederation to the Early Twentieth Century

Chapter 4
“Blindness Clears the Way”: E. B. F. Robinson’s The True Sphere of the Blind (1896)
Vanessa Warne

Chapter 5
The Education of “Good” and “Useful” Citizens: Work, Disability, and d/Deaf Citizenship at the Ontario Institution for the Education of the Deaf, 1892–1902
Alessandra Iozzo-Duval

Chapter 6
“An Excuse for Being So Bold”: D. W. McDermid and the Early Development of the Manitoba Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, 1888–1900
Sandy R. Barron

Chapter 7
Remembering the Boys
Caroline E. M. Carrington-Decker

Chapter 8
“Someone in Toronto … Paid Her Way Out Here”: Indentured Labour and Medical Deportation—The Precarious Work of Single Women
Natalie Spagnuolo

Chapter 9
Service Clubs and the Emergence of Societies for Crippled Children in Canada: The Rise of the Ontario Society for Crippled Children, 1920–1940
Roy Hanes

Section III: Into the Mid-twentieth Century

Chapter 10
Work, Education, and Privilege: An Alberta City’s Parasitical Relationship to Its Total Institution for “Mental Defectives”
Claudia Malacrida

Chapter 11
Disability as Social Threat: Examining the Social Justice Implications of Canada’s Eugenic History
Phillip B. Turcotte

Chapter 12
The Impact of Ventilation Technology: Contrasting Consumer and Professional Perspectives
Joseph Kaufert and David Locker

Section IV: The 1960s to the 1980s

Chapter 13
Je me souviens: The Hegemony of Stairs in the Montreal Métro
Laurence Parent

Chapter 14
Organizing for Change: The Origins and History of the Manitoba League of the Physically Handicapped, 1967–1982
Diane Driedger

Chapter 15
The Council of Canadians with Disabilities: A Voice of Our Own, 1976–2012
April D’Aubin

Chapter 16
Building an Accessible House of Labour: Work, Disability Rights, and the Canadian Labour Movement
Dustin Galer

Chapter 17
Justin Clark and the Writ of Habeas Corpus
Marilou McPhedran

Section V: To the End of the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Chapter 18
Winnipeg Community Centre of the Deaf: Program Development as Community Development
Charlotte Enns, Bruce Koskie, Rita Bomak, and Gregory Evans

Chapter 19
History of Science and Technology and Canadians with Disabilities
Gregor Wolbring and Natalie Ball

Chapter 20
“Like Alice through the Looking Glass” II: The Struggle for Accommodation Continues
Vera Chouinard

Chapter 21
Triple Jeopardy: Native Women with Disabilities
Doreen Demas

Chapter 22
The Community Inclusion Project in Manitoba: Planning for the Residents of the Pelican Lake Training Centre
Zana Marie Lutfiyya, Dale C. Kendel, and Karen D. Schwartz

Chapter 23
Living in the Midst: Re-imagining Disability through Auto/biography
Kelly McGillivray

Copyright Acknowledgements

Nancy Hansen

Nancy Hansen is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Roy Hanes

Roy Hanes is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University.

Diane Driedger

Diane Driedger is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Dissonant Disabilities, Untold Stories


Cover art statement

“The title of My Will Remains is drawn from a quote by Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), the Mexican artist. Her work resonates with me as an artist who has worked lying down, as she did. I have joined her, proclaiming my sisterhood as I work lying down due to my pain and fatigue with my disability. Kahlo is my role model for persisting, for working—lying down does not mean being unproductive.”

Diane Driedger, artist and editor

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