Disabled Writers & Accessibility
— Last checked and updated April 24, 2020 by Serena Dang, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student.
Leary, Alaina. “Why The Publishing Industry Can’t Get Disability Right.” The Establishment – Medium, Nov. 17, 2016. Read article
Discussion of why there are not enough portrayals of disability in stories published by writers and why it is important for the publishing industry to be more inclusive.
Leary, Alaina. “Why The Publishing Industry Needs To Be More Inclusive Of Autistic Disabled People.” Bustle, Jan. 10, 2018. Read article
A Deeper Dive
Eakes, Laurie Alice. “Yes, Blind People Read Books. We Write Them, Too.” HuffPost, Sept. 17, 2018. Read article
Griffith, Nicola. “Rewriting the Old Disability Script.” The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2018. Read article
Leduc, Amanda. “What the Literary World Gets Wrong About Accessibility.” Literary Hub, 12 Mar. 2020. Read article
Lu, Alex. “What Does It Mean to Be a Disabled Writer? Discussing writing, publishing, and disability with Keah Brown, Esmé Weijun Wang, and Jillian Weise.” Electric Literature, May 7, 2018. Read article
Perry, David. “Job Discrimination in Plain Print.” Aljazeera America, Feb. 10, 2016. Read article
“Improving the Accessibility of Your Mainstream Digital Content.” Inclusive Publishing. Accessed June 22, 2020. Read article
“Introduction to Inclusive Publishing.” Inclusive Publishing. Accessed June 22, 2020. Read article
“WCAG and Government Web Standards in Canada. What is web accessibility standards?” MultipleMedia. (Accessed June 22, 2020. A little slow to load). Read article
The DAISY Consortium: creating the best way to read and publish.
To ensure accessibility for people with print disabilities in both specialist and mainstream formats. (Accessed June 22, 2020) Visit site
Duyvis, Corinne and Kayla Whaley. “Introduction to Disability Terminology.” disability in Kidlit, July 8, 2016. Read article
“Guidelines for Writing About People with Disabilities”. ADA National Network. Read article
Guidelines for inclusive language writing from the National Network of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Karapita, Mike. “Making Accessible Media: Inclusive Language Guide.” Humber, 2017. Read guide
Canadian-style guide for inclusive language. Glossary of current terminology is included.
National Network of Equitable Library Services: Information for Publishers and Authors.
NNELS invites authors and publishers to participate in making books and other content available to Canadians with print disabilities, allowing them to “read” the books that others have access to. Read
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Making the Web Accessible: Strategies, standards, and supporting resources to help you make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities. Visit site