We hope you enjoyed the first "half" of this double issue—Nina Levent, Georgina Kleege, and Joan Muyskens Pursley's wonderfully edited and fascinating special issue on Museum Experience and Blindness. When reviewing the contents of issues remaining for 2013, we decided to follow the lead of the previous editorial team and make available "double" the content for perusal over the sometimes less harried summer months. With the advent of online publishing, this is an option we were able to do (though not without the Herculean efforts of Laura Seeger of The Ohio State University, without whose careful eyes and goodwill we could not have accomplished this). Our goal was—and remains—to get valuable and important research in Disability Studies out to you in as timely a way as possible.

As even a quick glance at the Table of Contents (and we hope you will give it more than just that) will demonstrate, Disability Studies continues to expand its reach and our contributors continue to take us in new directions and hitherto understudied populations, places, and topics. Globally, the issue spans disability's role in places as seemingly disparate as Iceland, Malaysia, and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Topics and perspectives range from studies of discriminatory language and employments practices to historical studies to cultural/critical analysis of novels and films to social scientific explorations—and, as we are seeing more and more, studies that reach beyond disciplinary and methodological divisions. And there is a poem and a reflective essay, for good measure, to remind us that there are all kinds of ways of studying disability.

Because of the unusually large number of items in this issue, we have grouped them into general categories for the benefit of those readers who may wish to begin their reading of this issue with articles in similar areas and that use related methods. Of course, we hope that you will read all articles and other texts in the issue!

We also wish to note, with some reluctance, that this will be the last issue co-edited by Noam Ostrander, who has decided to step down from this role. In the meantime, Bruce Henderson will remain, as Editor-in-Chief and as the principal contact person for the journal. Bruce wishes to thank Noam, and his editorial assistant at DePaul University, Meghan Coen, for their fine and indefatigable work over the past year.

The next issue will be another Special Issue, guest edited by Shelley Tremain, on Improving Feminist Disability by Taking Account of Disability. It promises to present incisive and challenging work for all of us to consider. Look for it in October 2013.

Bruce Henderson
Ithaca College

Noam Ostrander
DePaul University

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