Compiled by Miriam Furlan Brighente, PhD and SEMIS Coalition Program Associate
This living document is packed with resources for formal and non-formal teachers, community partners, and leaders who want to incorporate Disability Justice into their practices as place-based educators. You will find lesson plans, videos, books, articles, and other texts on Disability Justice.
Let’s come together and reimagine our communities to put Disability Justice at the center of our Place-Based Education practices and envision a more beautiful and equitable world for ALL!
Definition of Ableism — noun ( a·ble·ism ˈābə-ˌli-zəm ):
A system that places value on people’s bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normality, intelligence, excellence, desirability, and productivity. These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in anti-Blackness, eugenics, misogyny, colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. This form of systemic oppression leads to people and society determining who is valuable and worthy based on a person’s language, appearance, religion and/or their ability to satisfactorily [re]produce, excel and “behave.” You do not have to be disabled to experience ableism.
—This is a working definition by Talila “TL” Lewis, updated January 2021 and developed in community with Disabled Black and other negatively racialized people, especially Dustin Gibson. Provided by Detroit Disability Power
In the Classroom
Disability Justice from A to Z Coloring Book Preview — Sins Invalid
Fialka, J. (2018). What matters: Reflections on disability, community, and love. Inclusion Press.
Detroit Disability Power:
Universal Design for Learning
Other Initiatives and Resources