Dis/ability encompasses and speaks to identity, health, illness, impairment, addiction, affliction, and survival. Examining theories and histories from disability studies, we will explore how cultures of care and cure in the U.S. advance ability or able-bodiedness as a norm. In this course, we will consider understandings and framings of disability and ability in the U.S., histories of medical discrimination, health activisms advocating for more equitable care, disability justice, and care interventions offered by harm reduction and mutual aid approaches.