Disability Visibility : First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century

Disability Visibility : First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century

A groundbreaking collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience: Disability Visibility brings together the voices of activists, authors, lawyers, politicians, artists, and everyday people whose daily lives are, in the words of playwright Neil Marcus, “an art…an ingenious way to live.” A Vintage Books Original.

According to the last census, one in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some are visible, some are hidden—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together an urgent, galvanizing collection of personal essays by contemporary disabled writers. There is Harriet McBryde Johnson’s “Unspeakable Conversations,” which describes her famous debate with Princeton philosopher Peter Singer over her own personhood. There is columnist s. e. smith’s celebratory review of a work of theater by disabled performers. There are original pieces by up-and-coming authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma. There are blog posts, manifestos, eulogies, and testimonies to Congress. Taken together, this anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and past with hope and love.

Title:Disability Visibility : First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984899422
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  • The Artisan Geek

    1/7/20I have been looking for exactly this kind of book and it came in the mail today -- so so happy to have it!! :DYou can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | The Storygraph ...

  • Richard Propes

    In a world where the disabled voice is often viewed through the lens of what disability rights activist Stella Young coined as "inspiration porn" or with the rah-rah sympathies of the latest Lifetime ...

  • Lily Herman

    Wow, what a force of a book.For many who read Alice Wong's Disability Visibility, this anthology will serve as an important jumping-off point into disability discourse as opposed to a final or conclud...

  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)

    What an anthology!! The range of perspectives and life experiences included in this collection of essays, and reviews I’ve seen from own voices readers commenting now seen they feel by this collecti...

  • Kelly

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You may or may not know that 1 out of every 5 Americans is disabled, whether visible or not, and that number is even more s...

  • Geoff

    Sometimes reading is a joyful experience. Sometimes it's deeply uncomfortable. And sometimes, like this book, it's both. The essays in Disability Visibility cover the experiences, lives, rages, desire...

  • Siria

    Disability Visability is an anthology which brings together a variety of perspectives from disabled people on the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Some of the pieces were writt...

  • Christina || All My Book Clubs Are Dead

    This disability anthology is remarkable in that nearly every essay is an important read. In Wong's introduction she clarifies that this anthology may make you uncomfortable, but it isn't written to as...

  • Priscilla (Bookie Charm)

    Everyone should read this. Also each essay is prefaced with content warnings. ...

  • Sonaksha

    I don't think I can find enough words to recommend this book to EVERY SINGLE PERSON. Anthologies are usually tricky for me but this one - I jumped into and loved with all my heart. There was something...