Here is a powerful stimulus for thought, discussion, and coalition building in the area of women and disability. This innovative book was written by women with disabilities and women professionals who work with persons with disabilities. Women With Disabilities covers many concerns about life with a disability and issues related to disability and psychotherapy.The authors represent a variety of disabilities, ethnicities, sexualities, and politics. This diversity of experience and perspective forces readers to grapple with contradictions, paradox, and their own preconceptions about disabilities and women. These women writers reveal, in deeply personal, closely technical, and sometimes theoretical terms, how they have coped with the contradictions of being women, of being members of varied colors and classes, and having bodies that don’t “fit.”Women With Disabilities provides a wealth of information for psychologists, social workers, feminist therapists, and counselors working in rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, and mental health. It covers a variety of subjects, including transference and countertransference, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, and chronic illness. Some specific topics covered include:

  • therapy issues for therapists working with women with disabilities
  • parenthood and disability
  • use of assistive technology by women with disabilities
  • sexual exploitation of women with disabilities
  • women’s responses to disability at different points in the life cycle

    Readers will be fascinated by the illuminating depth and breadth of experience expressed by the authors. Voices of rebellion, activism, and resistance sparkle across these pages. Women With Disabilities is an invitation for theoretical, therapeutic, and political coalition building to those with--and without--disabilities.

chapter 1|5 pages


ByMichelle Fine

chapter 2|2 pages

The Celebration of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act

ByPatricia Ranzoni

chapter 3|9 pages

Coming Out in Voices

ByHershey Laura

chapter 4|9 pages


ByMichelle Fine

chapter 5|13 pages

Double Bind Messages: The Effects of Attitude Towards Disability on Therapy

ByGeri Esten, Lynn Willmott

chapter 6|12 pages

The Prize: Disability, Parenthood, and Adoption

ByJane Zirinsky-Wyatt

chapter 12|16 pages

What We Know About Women’s Technology Use, Avoidance, and Abandonment

ByMarcia J. Scherer

chapter 18|8 pages

Disability in Female Immigrants with Ritually Inflicted Genital Mutilation

ByHanny Lightfoot-Klein

chapter 19|15 pages

Found Voices: Women, Disability and Cultural Transformation

ByDeborah Lisi

chapter 20|1 pages

SURVIVING SALEM with a movement disorder and several witches’ tits

ByPatricia Ranzoni