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

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

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Edited By Alice Wong

CW: violence, sexual violence, slurs, abortion, sexism, racism, transphobia, fatphobia, ableism

Note: each essay begins with a content warning and so, the above mentioned may not reflect a comprehensive list of the entire book. 

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some are visible, some are less apparent—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 people.

From Harriet McBryde Johnson's account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors such as Keah Brown and Haben Girma; from blog posts, manifestos, eulogies to congressional testimonies, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse into the rich 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.