Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of American Disability History

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of American Disability History

Deadline: February 25, 2008


Facts On File and the advisors for the Encyclopedia of American Disability History are looking for contributors.

This three-volume reference work will cover basic information on important events, issues, developments, laws, biographies, and related topics in American Disability History. Entries on significant historical themes and concepts—including civil rights, war, public policy, citizenship, media, institutions, education, and technology—will examine both practical and theoretical factors, as well as demonstrate the deeper meaning of the lived experience of disability. Each entry will illustrate the subject within an historical context, and show that while disability has existed throughout American History, disability is neither a fixed nor static concept but one whose definition and understanding have changed markedly from era to era.

Because accessibility is a major issue in Disability History, the entries in this reference will accommodate a broad, diverse audience, from high school students to general readers, to individuals who assist people with disabilities. Clear language, accessible prose, and coherent, balanced, jargon-free interpretations are essential for every article.

The editors of this encyclopedia are currently seeking contributors for a wide range of entries.

The following is a sample list of available entries:

Abbott, Jim
National Paraplegia Foundation
Access Board
Newsline for the Blind
Assistive devices/adaptive technology
Optical Recognition Scanner
Chronic disability
Civil Service Reform Act of 1978
Rice, Millard
Sickle cell
McDaniel, Durward
Stem Cell research

Authors interested in contributing to this important project should contact Dr. Susan Burch for further information and details regarding the full list of entries:

Susan Burch, Ph.D., editor-in-chief

Susan Burch,PhD
Disability Studies Program
The Ohio State University
164 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus OH 43210