Note that not all writing about disability is informed by a Disability Studies perspective. Here are some questions to ask that can help you evaluate sources:
- What is the author’s background, relationship to disability studies?
- Does the author self-identify as disabled? In what other ways does the author self-identify (e.g., in terms of gender, race, ability, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.)? How might these identities impact the author’s perspective and approach?
- What is the author's central claim or argument?
- What are the author's supporting arguments?
- What evidence does the author provide to support/prove their thesis?
- What method(s) does the author use in collecting and analyzing data? (e.g., qualitative or quantitative, ethnographic methods, content analysis, media studies, etc.)?
- How do the author’s chosen methods impact their approach to the subject matter?
- What does the author hope to achieve with the piece? What is the purpose of the work?
-- adapted from course materials created by Disability Studies instructors Carl Schottmiller and Christine Gottlieb