Here in Toledo we are continuing to think about global vulnerability—whether it be Syrian citizens who are experiencing exposure to toxic warfare,1 Parisian voters subject to gun violence in anticipation of elections,2 the death of 94 people under "care" in a South African treatment facility for psychiatric illness,3 or U.S. citizens who face another possible repeal of healthcare legislation at the state and federal level.4 This kind of vulnerability has direct effects on our communities globally.

And yet despite heartening news, there has also been news of breakthroughs in disability justice both in the States and globally. On March 22nd, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously voted to raise the bar for disabled students in education, arguing that, "every child's educational program must be appropriately ambitious in light of his circumstances."5 In India, a new law passed in December 2016 will now recognize 21 conditions as legal protected statuses (up from only 7, established in 1995), radically changing the lives of up to 100 million more people in India.6

Because academic scholarship operates at a different pace than breaking news, we can only encourage our readers to continue to read and think about how Disability Studies can contribute to our epistemologies of justice and activism. In this issue, we are eager to present recent scholarship that we have curated into three sections: in our first section, "Resisting Diagnosis" we present three areas for re-thinking Disability Studies epistemologies, in Shakespeare Studies, in Disability Studies in Education and in historical accounts of Holocaust remembering.

In our second section, "Embracing Neurodiversity", we have three articles that provide new avenues for analyzing neurodiversity: in the experience of faculty disclosing mental health histories; in the relationship between intersectionality theory and neurodiversity movements; and in recent representations of super heroes. In our third section, "Disability's Ever Presence" we present two articles that analyze the ever-presence of disability, first in the unemployment of Autistic people and the second in the representation of Disney characters. Our goal, as always, is not to be prescriptive in our sections, but to encourage you to move between and beyond, to create new meanings at a time of deep global vulnerability and unrest.

We are honored to include in this issue an English translation of an essay by Andreas Hechler, whose great-grandmother Emilie Rau was killed in Nazi Germany's T4 "euthanasia" program. Skillfully translated by Elizabeth C. Hamilton, "Diagnoses That Matter: My Great-Grandmother's Murder as One Deemed 'Unworthy of Living' and Its Impact on Our Family" greatly enriches English-language scholarship on the Holocaust.

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