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People with disabilities have forged a group identity. We share a common history of oppression and a common bond of resilience. We generate art, music, literature, and other expressions of our lives and our culture, infused from our experience of disability. Most importantly, we are proud of ourselves as people with disabilities. We claim our disabilities with pride as part of our identity.
We are who we are: we are people with disabilities.
Steven E. Brown, PhDCo-Founder, Institute on Disability Culture
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People with disabilities are experiencing:
Compared with people without disabilities, people with disabilities have:
I am not one of the physically challenged-I’m a sock in the eye with gnarled fistI’m a French kiss with cleft tongueI’m orthopedic shoes sewn on a last of your fearsI am not one of the differently abled-I’m an epitaph for a million imperfect babies left untreatedI’m an ikon carved from bones in a mass grave at Tiergarten, GermanyI’m withered legs hidden with a blanketI am not one of the able disabled-I’m a black panther with green eyes and scars like a picket fenceI’m pink lace panties teasing a stub of milk white thighI’m the evil eyeI’m the first cell dividedI’m mud that talksI’m Eve I’m KaliI’m The Mountain That Never MovesI’ve been forever I’ll be here foreverI’m the GimpI’m the CrippleI’m the Crazy LadyI’m The Woman With Juice
Award-winning playwright, poet, performer, film-maker and disability rights activist.