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Disability Specialty Group

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To foster communication among members and to encourage research, education, and service that addresses issues of disability and chronic illness. The group will provide support and advocate with disabled members of the Association while working closely with other specialty groups to promote common interests and develop intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects.

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  • Call For Papers for 2016

    2016 AAG Special Session Call for Papers
    Diversity in Disability Geography

    American Association of Geographers 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA
    March 29 – April 2, 2016
    Special Session Call for Papers
    Sponsored by the Disability Specialty Group

    Sandy Wong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Jessica Finlay, University of Minnesota
    Stine Hansen, McMaster University

    Diversity in Disability Geography

    The Disability Specialty Group welcomes an array of papers to critically explore existing scholarship on geographies of disability, as well as prospective avenues for future research. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    ● Intersections of identity (e.g. disability intersecting gender, class, race and/or sexuality)
    ● Disability, debility, and impairment in developing countries
    ● Disability across urban and rural environments
    ● Differential mobilities and accessibility
    ● Disabling contexts (e.g. militarism, nation-state/citizenship, capital)
    ● Disabling diseases and chronic illness (e.g. cancer, obesity, arthritis)
    ● Invisible disabilities
    ● Changing meanings of and terminology for disability
    ● Representations of disability in literature and media
    ● Disability as social sustainability
    ● Methodological approaches, challenges, innovations
    ● Assistive technologies

    To be considered for the special session:
    1. Register and submit your abstract (250 words maximum) online following the AAG guidelines (
    2. Send your title, abstract, and PIN to Sandy Wong at by October 25, 2015. Please use this email for any queries.

  • NEW Twitter AAG Disability SG

    The feed has been established as part of an ongoing specialty group directors' initiative to raise visibility for Disability Specialty Group activities and group members' achievements.

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