I'm sitting on the thesis committee for a graduate student in biomechatronics—a PhD project that will be entirely technical. This student reached out to me to ask about placing engineering for disability in a larger social context, and I'm glad for the opportunity to think about what's an essential primer in disability studies, appropriate for a graduate-level young researcher whose preparation has been entirely in STEM. In case it's useful to others, here's what I'm suggesting:
1. From Lennard Davis, Ed., The Disability Studies Reader:
Davis, L. "Introduction: Disability, Normality, and Power."
Baynton, D. "Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History."
Berube, M. "Disability, Democracy, and the New Genetics."
Garland-Thomson, R. "Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory."