Disability Visibility

First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

336 pages

Published June 30, 2020 by Vintage.

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4 stars (1 review)

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. …

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4 stars

Inspiring and frank collection covering such a swath of disabilities and their lived experience and range of attitudes towards hope, exhaustion, justice, determination, bodily functions, love, anger. Essays of bluntly banal revelation as well as activism. Eye opening as promised in the title.