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(Every Voice) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ability & Disability

Purpose of this Guide

This research guide is designed to help users find information and resources that will help support courses and curricula with Ability & Disability. 

Here you will find:

  • Webinars
  • Presentations
  • Handouts

What is a "Disability"?

The American Disability Act "ADA" defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability (

Disability is understood to be conditional to environmental and social factors as well as physical, cognitive, and mental factors (Adams, Reiss, & Serlin, 2015). The term “disability” has not remained stable throughout history and will likely continue to change. This is an important facet of disability. Challenge stereotypes and stigmatization of disability and enable exploration of the social and political factors that have shaped perceptions and experiences of people with disabilities. ProQuest’s unique, multiformat resources engage this subject matter across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. 


Recorded Webinars


This recording discusses locating relevant content using effective search strategies and describes how Legislative and Regulatory Insight connect. Duration 28 minutes.