To help make the world I want more possible I have to write, I have to talk. Language is my medium....more
Posts Tagged: disability
Medical museums tend to be short on art and long on the preserved remains of bodies with diseases or deformities.
Riva Lehrer, an artist with spina bifida, wants to change that. As she explained in a recent talk titled “Jarred: Self Portrait in Formaldehyde,” her work highlights the humanity and beauty of people with disabled or otherwise unconventional bodies, in contrast to the dispassionate scientific displays that let viewers “seal themselves off under emotional layers of glass.”
Click through to see some of her stunning portraits and read more of her thoughts on the ways “disability can make you move in unexpected dances.”...more
One summer day in 1985, a doctor calls my mother and tells her that there is empty space where parts of my brain should be.
“I don’t understand it,” he says. “There should be muscle, and there’s nothing.” More tests, he mumbles....more
But their eyes, reasonably, come back to me for their startling brilliance, even on drugs, and for their alertness and their knowing....more
They wanted to speak with me. They wanted to speak with my husband and me. They wanted to talk to us about our daughter....more
“Sorry,” she said as she passed me in the entrance to the women’s room. “That’s my husband in the other stall. Don’t mind him.” She was going back to her car....more