ISBN: 1984899422
EAN13: 9781984899422
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 30, 2020
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.8267717" H x 7.992126" L x 5.275591" W
Weight: 0.5401325 lbs.
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Book Overview

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others 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 this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

From Harriet McBryde Johnson's account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma; from blog posts, manifestos, and 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 understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.

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   Progressive Views Is Right
There were very few good stories in here, but the bashing of others was too much.
 
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   I have not read this book but….
It has not come back since I brought it in, Mr. Cowger said. I'm thrilled my students enjoy reading it so much. One girl said she felt that for the first time, she was reading about her own struggles and felt hopeful. I hope at some point the book makes it back to my desk and I can actually read it, but for now I am confident in giving it five stars.
 
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   Incredible Read
I absolutely loved this book. This book was one that makes you recognize how you fit into the world of ableism, and how to take next steps to dismantle the systemic issues that arise because of the ableist narrative that is webbed throughout the make-up of the U.S. This book contains an incredibly brilliant group of writes, along with future readings to reference post this read
 
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   Very important book
Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Persuasion" series, "A Must-read." It is such a balanced look into the many ways this world does not function with people with disabilities in mind, Garton said. A really good read.
 
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   brilliant, diverse, bold and inspiring
A lot of things about this one are just so good. Even better than my expectations, Tunick said. It's great to be supported, said Blair, "and I got it to support Alice and the authors and the community." And, boy, was it all really fascinating, right? The book is a collection of essays by some of the world's greatest artists and writers. Some of the things I said made me cry, and I think a few really got to me emotionally. I got really excited when Ellen and Crip Time came on. I felt like I was seen and represented in a way that I just didn't expect.
 
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   A Must Read
In "The Book of Living with Disabilities," Michael Lewis and Jill Floyd tell the stories of many people with disabilities, each of whom has unique perspective and experience. I found myself utterly consumed by each chapter. Every point of this book challenges our societal abilityism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in a way that leaves you in awe. It's a must-read for anyone planning a book club or university.
 
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   It may take you out of your comfort zone and that's a good thing
Though written by a tough and witty writer, this is a hard book to rate as it is not the easiest or most comfortable read. I can't say I liked it a whole lot as it's not fun, but it's important to be aware of issues and how current and former policies impact people's lives, he said. The book contains stories from people with a variety of disabilities -- from severe physical disabilities, those who became disabled as they grew up, those suffering with mental illness or are neurotypical. It covers stories from people with diseases you don't think about -- including those with severe deformities -- as well as marathon diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular distrophy. The book of hope and rejoicing in your life, no matter what you have to continue to overcome, is a true testament to God's grace and mercy.
 
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   Amazing, thought-provoking book!
There are just a handful of people who can truly describe how amazing this book is. You won't find any trite 'inspiration' here, but you'll be fueled by the real words of a wide variety of disabled people and their point of view. This is a book to ingest slowly, and meditate on, Thibault said. It is worth every penny, if you want to support as a disabled person or you just want to learn how to be a better ally to disabled people, Raymond said.
 
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   Open your eyes and really see!
The book of essays was very enlightening, powerful and beautifully written, said Barbara Hollingworth, executive director of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Powell said that having been confined to a wheelchair for a period, I could identify with some of the writings. I did feel invisible at first, and I hope that I never forget.
 
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   Truly WONDERFUL
There are some books that are good so that you can slow down your reading to savor it word-for-word, and this is one of them! We are so excited to be launching Disability Visibility, an amazing collection of personal stories from the disability community, said Cara Lee, Executive Director of Disability Rights Advocates. Every voice and every word here will move you and make you think and feel. Please get yourself a copy of The Age when you can!
 
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