Thoughts from Andrew

Activism

Some people become activists as a means of convincing themselves that they are okay; others, as a means of convincing the world that they are okay. Sometimes aggression is a necessary instrument of the shift from illness to identity. Activists embrace what others expect them to mourn; many hope that their celebration of their condition will counterbalance the negativity they encounter.

"When parents say, 'I wish my child did not have autism,’ what they're really saying is, 'I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I…

Someone asked Ray Kenney, director of the Empire State Association for the Deaf, whether he had any experience leading a protest. He shrugged and signed…

"From the time God made earth until today, this is probably the best time to be deaf." –Greg Hlibok

"What we have experienced is so similar: if you are Deaf, you know almost exactly what it is like to be gay, and vice versa." — MJ Bienvenu,…

"Deaf people never need hotels; you are always given a place to stay with other Deaf people. Though we used different signed languages, these Chinese…

"While I'm pretty comfortable with my disability and don't see C.I. [cochlear implant] as an evil force intent on destroying the Deaf culture, I…

"My parents didn’t wonder what I would like to do, what kind of woman I’d marry, or how many children I would have. They wondered what I could…

"I think dwarfism shapes the soul as well as the body. There's an immediate bond between two LPs, be it same-sex friends, lifelong partners, or any…

"The word incurable is quite devastating-sounding, but you can also look at it as being that autism is durable. Looking at this jewel through different…

Jae Davis would say, "Here's 200 dollars. You're going to come into the next room, where we've hidden something. And you'll try and guess what it…

Mad Pride represents the literalization of the old saw about the lunatics taking over the asylum. In their own view, these activists are throwing off…

For every dollar spent on vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities, the Social Security Administration saves seven dollars.

"I actually think it's not believing in God that has given us that perspective. People always regale us with these little sayings, like, 'God doesn't…

On his way to kindergarten one day, Drew Peterson asked his mother, "Can I just stay home so I can learn something?" Sue was at a loss. "He…

"He’s not a normal child. Why should he have a normal childhood?" –Chloe Yu on her son Marc

"My friends keep saying, 'You have to be able to forgive him in order to accept it and move on.’ I want to punch people when they say that."…

"I have physical scars on my body from his abuse of me. He’s made her into another scar. I can't even stand to look at her. I wish I had never…

"The idea that in order for a child to express his or her authentic identity, there has to be a dramatic physiological intervention challenges our…

"I've felt sometimes that the guy who is me—this guy Eli—is out there somewhere, waiting for me to find him, waiting for me to figure out how…

In my wedding toast, I said, "The love that dared not speak its name is now broadcasting." Tammy and Laura and their children came; Oliver served…

Most people expect to have children, and there are susceptibilities attached to that; I had expected not to have children, and the reversal contains stranger…

I espouse reproductive libertarianism, because when everyone has the broadest choice, love itself expands. The affection my family have found in one another…

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