Blog posts by Al

picture of your girl with Down syndrome wearing purple dress sitting in a chair

Disability Digest Issue #13 (April 12-17) Featuring Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher and friend

Icelandic photographer Sigga Ella’s series of portraits of people with Down syndrome called ‘First and foremost I am.’ It features 21 images because people with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21. Image courtesy #womensart Dear Reader Welcome … Read More

Disability Digest #12 (April 1-7) – featuring Virginia Hall, the spy who terrified the Nazis

“A Happy Sea” by New Zealand artist Yaniv Janson. www.YanivJanson.com Dear Reader Welcome to the Disability Digest. If you are a first time reader, this Digest was created to correct what history has overlooked, the contributions of people with disability. … Read More

picture of man wearing a dark fur lined hat, green coat and smoking a pipe. Top background is orange, bottom is red

Disability Digest # 11 (March 25-31)

Vincent Van Gogh born March 30, 1853. ‘Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear’ Dear Reader This issue of the Disability Digest highlights blues guitarist Jeff Healey, lawyer Harriet McBryde Johnson, writer and political activist Alice Wong, and Black Beauty author Anna Sewell. … Read More

Disability Digest #10 (March 19-25)

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room, Nov 2019 in NYC Dear Reader This issue of the Disability Digest highlights Valerie Rose the daughter of singer Phoebe Snow, actor and playwright James Sanders, Chinese poet sensation Yu Xiuhua, and the most popular … Read More

large circular ball covered in orange yarn with two wings covered in purple yarn

Disability Digest #9 (March 10-15)

Judith Scott, Untitled, 1993 Courtesy Brooklyn Museum Dear Reader In researching my book, The Power of Disability, I discovered that people with disabilities have been major players throughout history. Sadly the history books have missed most of their achievements, or … Read More

Yellow Birds Maud Lewis

Disability Digest #8 (March 1-8)

Yellow Birds by Maud Lewis Dear Reader In researching my book, The Power of Disability, I discovered that people with disabilities have been major players throughout history. Much more than I realized. If you were to take away their contributions, … Read More

Disability Digest #7 (February 22-29)

Linen jacket by Agnes Emma Richter, a seamstress who embroidered her story onto a jacket while incarcerated in an asylum in the late 1800’s. Thanks #womensart Dear Reader People with disabilities have been major players throughout history. If you were … Read More

Painting of Frida Kahlo

Disability Digest #6 (February 14-21)

“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit” – Frida Kahlo. Thanks #womensart (Images are © to respective owners) Dear Reader Disability is written out of history either by ignoring the contributions of persons … Read More

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Disability Digest #5 (February 6-13)

“Winter Mourning” by artist, philosopher and activist Judith Snow. Image courtesy Jack Pearpoint and Inclusion Press. Dear Reader Disability is written out of history either by ignoring the contributions of persons with disability or by separating their disability from their … Read More

Disability Digest #4 (January 30 – February 5)

Cartoon copyright John Callahan Dear Reader Disability is written out of history either by ignoring the contributions of persons with disability or by separating their disability from their contributions. This issue of the Disability Digest is still in beta mode … Read More