Disability Ethics Bibliography


The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's position or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with all sides of the relevant issues.

Disability Ethics (General) | Genetics | Philosophical Perspective | Policy


Disability Ethics (General)

  • Armstrong, Felicity, and Len Barton, eds. Disability, Human Rights and Education: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis, 1999.
  • Baird, Robert M., Stuart Rosenbaum, and S. Kay Toombs. Disability: The Social, Political, and Ethical Debate. Amherst, NY: Promethus, 2009.
  • Brock, Brian, John Swinton, eds. Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012.
  • Brown, Ivan and Maire Percy, eds. A Comprehensive Guide to Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2007.
  • Buchannan, Allen, Dan Brock, Norman Daniels, and Daniel Wikler. From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Charlton, James I. Nothing about Us without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
  • Davis, Lennard J., ed. The Disability Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Francis, Leslie and Anita Silvers. Americans with Disabilities. New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • Goodley, Dan. Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, 2012.
  • Greig, Jason Reimer. Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L’Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship. Georgetown University Press, 2015.
  • Hall, Kim Q. Feminist Disability Studies. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011.
  • Hauerwas, Stanley. Suffering Presence: Theological Reflections on Medicine, the Mentally Handicapped, and the Church. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 1986.
  • Keith, Heather and Kenneth D. Keith. Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization and a New Moral Community. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Longmore, Paul K. Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability. Temple University Press, 2003.
  • Oullette, Alicia. Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Reimer, Kevin S. Living l’Arche: Stories of Compassion, Love, and Disability. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • Reinders, Hans S. The Future of the Disabled in Liberal Society: An Ethical Analysis. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000.
  • ———, ed. The Paradox of Disability: Responses to Jean Vanier and L’Arche Communities from Theology and the Sciences. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  • Reynolds, Thomas E. Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2008.
  • Scully, Jackie Leach. Disability Bioethics: Moral Bodies, Moral Differences. Baltimore: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.
  • Shakespeare, Tom, ed. Disability Research Today: International Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Swain, John, Sally French, and Colin Cameron. Controversial Issues in a Disabling Society. Philadelphia; Open University Press, 2003.
  • Tada, Joni Eareckson, and Nigel M. de S. Cameron. How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Tada, Joni Eareckson, Steve Bundy, Kathy McReynolds, and Pat Verbal, eds. Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry. Agoura Hills, CA: Christian Institute on Disability, Joni & Friends International, 2011.
  • Yong, Amos. Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007.

Out of Print

  • Bishop, Marilyn. Religion and Disability: Essays in Scripture, Theology, and Ethics. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1995.



  • Bayefsky, Michelle and Bruce Jennings. Regulating Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in the United States: The Limits of Unlimited Selection. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • Edmonds, Matt. A Theological Diagnosis: A New Direction Genetic Therapy, ‘Disability’ and the Ethics of Healing. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011.
  • Glover, Jonathan. Choosing Children: Genes, Disability, and Design. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Goggin, Gerard. Disability in Australia: Exposing a Social Apartheid. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2004.
  • Mitchell, Kevin J. The Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • Parens, Erik, and Adrienne Asch, eds. Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2000.
  • Quinn, Gerard, Aisling de Paor, and Peter Blanck, eds. Genetic Discrimination: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Case for a European Level Legal Response. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Van Cleve, John Vickrey, ed. Genetics, Disability, and Deafness. Gallaudet University Press, 2004.
  • Wasserman, David, Jerome Bickenbach, and Robert Wachbroit, eds. Quality of Life and Human Difference: Genetic Testing, Health Care, and Disability. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Out of Print

  • Swinton, John, and Brian Brock, eds. Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church. New York; T&T Clark, 2007.


Philosophical Perspective

  • Beates, Michael S. Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2012.
  • Bickenbach, Jerome E., Franziska Felder, and Barbara Schmitz, eds. Disability and the Good Human Life. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Byrne, Peter. Philosophical and Ethical Problems in Mental Handicap. New York: Palgrave, 2000.
  • Creamer, Deborah Beth. Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Figueroa, Robert, and Sandra Harding, eds. Science and Other Cultures: Issues in Philosophies of Science and Technology. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Haslam, Molly Claire. A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability: Human Being as Mutuality and Response. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.
  • Jespersen, Ejgil and Mike J. McNamee, eds. Ethics, Disability, and Sports. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Keith, Heather E. and Kenneth D. Keith. Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization and a New Moral Community. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Kittay, Eva Feder and Licia Carlson, eds. Cognitive Disability and its Challenge to Moral Philosophy. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Kristiansen, Kristjana, Simo Vehmas, and Tom Shakespeare, eds. Arguing about Disability: Philosophical Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Olyan, Saul M. Disability in the Hebrew Bible: Interpreting Mental and Physical Differences. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Ralston, D. Christopher and Justin Ho, eds. Philosophical Reflections on Disability. New York: Springer, 2010.
  • Reinders, Hans. Disability, Providence, and Ethics: Bridging Gaps, Transforming Lives. Baylor University Press, 2014.
  • Reinders, Hans. Receiving the Gift of Friendship: Profound Disability, Theological Anthropology, and Ethics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Schipper, Jeremy. Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible: Figuring Mephibosheth in the David Story. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 441. New York: T&T Clark, 2006.
  • Tataryn, Myroslaw I., and Maria Truchan-Tataryn. Discovering Trinity in Disability: A Theology for Embracing Difference. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2013.
  • Wendell, Susan. The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability. New York: Routledge, 1996.
  • Yong, Amos. The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.



  • Bickenbach, Jerome Edmond. Ethics, Law and Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2012.
  • Blanck, Peter, Eve Hill, Charles D. Siegal, and Michael Waterstone. Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy: Cases and Materials. 2nd ed. Eagan, Minn.: West Publishing, 2009.
  • Carey, Allison C., Liat Ben-Moshe, and Christ Chapman, eds. Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Fleischer, Doris and Frieda Zames. The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation. Temple University Press, 2011.
  • Flynn, Eilionoir. From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Foxx, Richard M. and James A. Mulick. Controversial Therapies for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities: Fad, Fashion, and Science in Professional Practice. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Harris, Jennifer & Alan Roulstone. Disability, Policy and Professional Practice. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, 2011.
  • Iriarte, Edurne Garcia, Roy McConkey, and Robbie Gilligan, eds. Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • Kelly, Christine. Disability Politics and Care: The Challenge of Direct Funding. University of British Columbia Press, 2015.
  • Lollar, Donald J. and Elena M. Andresen, eds. Public Health Perspectives on Disability: Epidemiology to Ethics and Beyond. New York: Springer, 2011.
  • McLean, Sheila. Impairment and Disability: Law and Ethics at the Beginning and End of Life. New York; Routledge, 2007.
  • Pothier, Dianne and Richard Devlin, eds. Critical Disability Theory: Essays in Philosophy, Politics, Policy, and Law. University of British Columbia Press, 2005.
  • Schur, Lisa, Douglas Kruse, and Peter Blanck, eds. People With Disabilities: Sidelined or Mainstreamed? Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Silvers, Anita, David Wasserman, Mary B. Mahowald and Lawrence C. Becker. Disability, Difference, Discrimination: Perspectives on Justice in Bioethics and Public Policy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.


For related materials, also consult the End of Life, Genetic Ethics, Human Dignity, Human Enhancement, and Reproductive Ethics Bibliographies.



Updated October 2016





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