Disabled young people will be proud to see themselves reflected in this hopeful, compelling, and insightful essay collection, adapted for young adults from the critically acclaimed adult book, Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century that "sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities, as told by none other than authors with these life experiences." --Chicago Tribune, "Best books published in summer 2020" (Vintage/Knopf Doubleday edition).
The seventeen eye-opening essays in Disability Visibility, all written by disabled people, offer keen insight into the complex and rich disability experience, examining life's ableism and inequality, its challenges and losses, and celebrating its wisdom, passion, and joy.
The accounts in this collection ask readers to think about disabled people not as individuals who need to be “fixed,” but as members of a community with its own history, culture, and movements. They offer diverse perspectives that speak to past, present, and future generations. It is essential reading for all.
About the Author
Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and research consultant based in San Francisco. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. From 2013 to 2015, Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment made by President Barack Obama. Alice is also the editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people.
“…this is essential reading.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“…uplifting anthology.” —Booklist, starred review
“This is a wide-ranging collection presenting diverse and compelling voices. Ardently, intimately political instead of passively inspirational: will galvanize young activists.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This collection is a powerhouse and vital reading.” —Bookriot.com
"The seventeen essays provide powerful and empathetic windows into living with (or, often, learning to live with and coming to terms with) a broad range of disabilities." —The Horn Book