Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English and Linguistics

Department Chair or Program Director

Dr. Gary Richards

First Advisor

Dr. Chris Foss

Major or Concentration



By purposefully sharing diverse and inclusive literature with children during their formative years, educators can help them develop ideals which are positively inclusive of others and which support positive self-understandings. This project, an ENGL 491 independent study supervised by Dr. Chris Foss, investigates the ways that the disability community is represented within literature, as well as how positive, diverse, and inclusive literary representations of disability can benefit this community and those around it. With time, small-scale ideological shifts toward inclusivity can further spread throughout society. Thus, these literary representations can enrich all readers and have lasting positive implications for broad societal change. My project aims to make this knowledge accessible and engaging for educators by explaining what positive representations of disability are (and what they are not), how they can be used in the classroom, and why this is important for all students.