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.
Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and research consultant based in San Francisco, California. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. Alice is also the host and co-producer of the Disability Visibility podcast and co-partner in a number of collaborations such as #CripTheVote and Access Is Love. She has been published or featured in The New York Times, Eater, Teen Vogue, the CNN original series United Shades of America, Transom, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Vice, and BuzzFeed. From 2013 to 2015, Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. You can follow her on Twitter- @SFdirewolf. For more- disabilityvisibilityproject.com.
"Disability rights activist Alice Wong brings tough conversations to the forefront of society with this anthology. It sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities, as told by none other than authors with these life experiences. It's an eye-opening collection that readers will revisit time and time again." --Chicago Tribune, Best books published in summer 2020
"Shares perspectives that are too often missing from such
decision-making about accessibility." --The Washington Post
"Implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) makes the case for
acknowledging and accommodating society's overlooked population of
disabled people." --The New York Times Book Review "An
exemplary collection. . . . This month's #RequiredReading."
--Ms. Magazine "A raw, emotional collection, an investment in
the power of storytelling to foster vibrant connections, and an
unapologetic rejection of 'internalized ableism'. . . . The 37
powerful stories in Disability Visibility reveal the depth of
everyday courage and the extraordinary human capacity to find humor
in the face of life's adversities." --Shelf Awareness "Roughly 15
percent of people around the world have a disability, and yet their
stories are often never told. Alice Wong's anthology, Disability
Visibility, brings their narratives front and center with the goal
of showcasing the wide range of modern disability experiences. . .
. Ultra-impressive." --Shondaland, 10 Books Set to Become the New
Feminist Classics "By its very nature, the disability community is
incredibly intersectional and diverse, including people from all
walks of life, backgrounds, and cultures. Disability Visibility
reflects that diversity with its contributors, giving . . . a look
at a wide range of experiences and types of disability." --Book
Riot "Alice Wong . . . has long been at the forefront of the
disability justice movement." --Bitch Media, "17 Books Feminists
Should Read in June" "More resonant than ever. In this
kaleidoscopic collection, Wong and her contributors provide not
just a snapshot of what disability has meant in the past 20 years,
but an urgent invitation to take that understanding forward. . . .
A landmark resource for understanding disability."
--Autostraddle "Diverse and poignant. . . . I was deeply
moved by more pieces than I could name." --Shir Kehila, Columbia
Journal "Every piece in Disability Visibility evokes . . .
tenacity, some gut-wrenching and others inspiring. . . . The range
of subjects is impressive: assistive technologies, carceral
injustice, fashion, homophobia and heterosexism, medical care and
medical abuse, organizing strategies, psychotherapy, racism,
relationships, sex, and sexism." --The Progressive "Celebrates and
documents the lived experiences, power, and culture of the disabled
community." --Morning Brew
"Wong's discerning selections, bolstered by the activism that shines through, will educate and inspire readers." --Kirkus Reviews "These essays are the heart, the bones, and the blood of Disability Rights." --Gaelynn Lea, musician and activist "To Alice Wong, words like diversity and intersectionality aren't just buzzwords. They are marching orders. Everyone should take in the wisdom woven throughout this book." --W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America "A celebration and a source of deep education for many to bear witness (and feel seen by) the vastness of disabled stories, voices, and backgrounds." --Jennifer Baker, editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life
"As a Deaf Asian American, it wasn't until recent years that I started considering myself disabled. This is a very informed starting point for anyone who, like myself, would like to get a better understanding of disability as a massive and beautifully nuanced spectrum." --Christine Sun Kim, artist