Ep 43: Disabled “Fakers” – Disability Visibility Project

Posted January 27, 2019 by Alice Wong Podcast

Ep 43: Disabled “Fakers”


Today’s episode is about disabled “fakers,” that is, the misconceptions and stereotypes of disabled people exaggerating or faking their disabilities. I talk with Doron Dorfman, incoming Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, who conducted two case studies on this subject during his time at Stanford Law School. We talk about his research and disability studies at Stanford including the campus initiative that made it happen.


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Related Links

Doron Dorfman bio, Stanford Law School.

Kolluru, Srinvindhya. (November 25, 2018). U of T student calls for Disability Studies program. The Varsity.

Leary, Alaina. (November 9, 2017). We need to stop shaming “fakers” for using accessible parking spots — and start understanding what disability really looks like. Hello Giggles.

Picciuto, Elizabeth. (April 6, 2016). Disneyland Cracks Down on Fake Disabilities, Forgets Real Ones. The Daily Beast.

Samrai, Yasmin. (May 11, 2018). Disability studies class renewed for next academic year. The Stanford Daily.

Tuttle, Brad. (October 12, 2013). National Epidemic of Horrible People Pretending to Be Disabled. Time.

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