Journal of Developmental Disability
Call for media review submissions
In 2008, the JODD dedicated a media column to critically examine
representations of developmental disability. The column includes reviews
of both ‘old’ and ‘new’ media, encompassing submissions addressing
Internet, online websites, virtual forums, computer applications,
computer games and gaming sites, Youtube sites, independent and popular
film and television programs, and print media. Through this column, we
seek to redress the absence of analyses attending to people labeled with
developmental disabilities and to interrogate current and emerging
We welcome submissions that take up media and developmental disability in
three distinct ways:
Specific work review: We accept reviews of specific media portrayals of
developmental disability, including books, artwork, television programs,
films, games, websites, Youtube videos and other specific examples of
Media trends: We are interested in identifying and documenting emerging
discourses in developmental disability in the media. This may include a
sharp rise in public discussions of developmental disability as evidenced,
for example, through a spate of films, news reports, books, promotional
campaigns and so forth addressing either a general or specific issue
pertaining to developmental disabilities or people who are so labeled.
Contributors are invited to trace and comment upon these trends and the
significance they may have both for people labeled with developmental
disabilities and the way developmental disability, normalcy, reason and
personhood are conceptualized.
Emergence of new media forms: Media has dramatically shifted its form and
reach with successive technological advances. The emergence of new media
technologies has broadened the opportunities for knowledge production,
reproduction, dissemination and consumption. Contributors are invited to
consider the symbolic and material implications of these innovations for
people with developmental disabilities.
Contributors are encouraged to address the following questions in their
How does the reviewed subject create new framings and understandings of
How does the reviewed subject include or influence the voices of people
with developmental disability?
How does the reviewed subject create opportunities for addressing the
intersections of disability with race, class, age, gender and sexual
Who may submit a review?
We welcome contributions from those whose lives and work intersect with
developmental disabilities in diverse ways. We encourage contributions not
only from academics at any stage, but also from people labeled as having
developmental disabilities, their family members, friends and
practitioners. Collaborative reviews between academic and community
partners, family members, community groups, self advocates and other forms
of team contributions are very welcome.
Submissions should be between 2000 to 3000 words, word-processed, double-
spaced, using APA citation format. Please see oadd.org (follow the links
to JODD) for more details about the formatting requirements. For more
information please contact Esther Ignagni at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann
Fudge Schormans at email@example.com.