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Encyclopedia of Disability

Encyclopedia of Disability

Five Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Gary L Albrecht - University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, University of Leuven, Belgium

October 2005 | 2 936 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Encyclopedia of Disability is an award-winning five-volume set from SAGE Reference, awarded Best Reference 2005 award from the Library Journal along with an Outstanding Award from the American Library Association's Booklist journal.

It represents the first attempt to bring an authoritative reference resource to the many faces of disability. More than 500 world-renowned scholars have written over 1000 entries, in a clear, accessible style, with the desire to bring all students, researchers, and interested readers closer to the daily experience of disability.

The first four volumes cover disability in an A to Z format, including a reader's guide, comprehensive bibliography and index.

Volume five contains a wealth of primary source documents in the field of disability, everything from photographs to correspondence to excerpts from movie scripts and more.

·· Sample entries are available to download from the resources section of the website - click on Sample Chapters & Resources to see more ··

The Encyclopedia of Disability is a must-have reference for all academic libraries, large public libraries and any social science, medical, legal, or governmental reference collections. Non-governmental organizations, charitable foundations and law firms will also want to add this set to their collections.

Senior Editors

Jerome Bickenbach, Queen's University

Scott Brown

Dudley Childress, Northwestern University Medical School

Joseph Flaherty, Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago

Allen Heinemann, Northwestern University

Tamar Heller, Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago

Christopher Keys, Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago

David Mitchell, Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago

Trevor Parmenter, University of Sydney, Australia

Mairian Scott-Hill, Marsh Hills Cottage

Tom Shakespeare, University of Newcastle

Sharon Snyder, Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago

Henri-Jacques Stiker, Univeristy of Paris

Key Themes






Consumer Organizations/Advocacy


Movement Ideology

International Developing Countries/Cultural Differences

Professional and Lay Cultures



Identity and Representation

Products/Technology/Assisted Devices

Social Political

Universal Design/Architecture /Physical Environment


Cross Cultural/Cross National


Gary L Albrecht is Professor of Public Health and of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"The wide range of coverage distinguishes this particular set, which was designed “to bring current knowledge and experience with disability across a wide variety of places, conditions, and cultures to both the general reader and the specialist.” Editor Albrecht (University of Illinois at Chicago) and over 500 authors from around the world contributed the more than 800 entries...drawing in readers from a wide range of studies and interests and helping them to see disability in an entirely new way. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries."

BOOKLIST (starred review)
BOOKLIST (starred review)

"In this impressive work, editor Albrecht (public health, disability & human development, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) offers a multidisciplinary, multicultural look at a vast array of disability issues. More than 500 international scholars have contributed entries that span the globe and the centuries, from the Pleistocene era to the present. The first four volumes contain upward of 1000 A-to-Z entries, each ranging in length from one paragraph to ten pages and ending with a bibliography of texts and web sites. Among these entries are 200-plus biographies covering people of all regions and eras (e.g., Aesop, FDR). A readers guide in each volume groups the entries into 25 topical categories that not only cover well-known disability issues in the fields of law, education, medicine, economics, and social policy but also delve into the realms of the arts, religion, science, and philosophy. The fifth volume is composed of primary-source texts and images organized by historical period and from a variety of cultures. Bottom line: Reflects Albrecht's commitment to giving readers not just facts and theories but a personal, lived perspective on disability. His work provides a holistic view of disability and addresses the social contributions of people with disabilities as well as the challenges they face. The only really comprehensive resource on disability; this is an important foundation for disability collections in any academic, public, or high school library."

Nadine Cohen-Baker
Univ. of Georgia, Athens

"This excellent comprehensive resource covers the world of disabilities from 2000 BCE to the present. This encyclopedia not only includes what one would expect to find, such as material describing disabilities, ethical issues, health care, and many other topics, but also passages from literature and information on the experience of disability in various countries around the world. The entries are signed and many include further readings, Web site, and conclusions. The multivolume set is well cross-referenced. It offers a little extra, including a section titled "Searching for and Evaluating Web Sites," written by a librarian. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

S. J. Bryant
Michigan State University

"Each document is briefly introduced and noted in both the index and reader's guide. Numerous illustrations demonstrate the depiction of disability in art and film. All in all, this encyclopedia demonstrates that the world of disability is almost as broad and as intriguing as the human condition itself. This excellent introduction will serve both academic and public libraries."

John Lawrence

"The editors of the Encyclopedia of Disability provide readers with a broad perspective on the experience of disability. This remarkable array of material is diverse from both a chronological and a cultural perspective. From the entries chronicling those who have influenced the disability rights movement to the basic definitions and description of issues fundamental to disability, the Encyclopedia of Disability proves to be a comprehensive resource."

Robert G. Frank
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books

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