Disability Digest

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correcting what history has overlooked

Throughout history people with disabilities have produced exquisite works of art. They have made us us laugh, and touched our souls. They have fought for justice and have been instrumental in the growth of freedom and democracy. They have unveiled the secrets of the universe. 
 
They are still doing all those things and more. Sadly, the history books have missed most of it. Or they have downplayed the person’s disability. Or they have given credit to someone else. 

The Disability Digest was created to correct what history has overlooked. Each issue leads off with a work of art, followed by short profiles, important dates and Did-you-know facts. 

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Disability Digest #16 (May 6-11) featuring Maria Montessori, Anne Strike, Lauren Potter and Tom Shakespeare

Disability Digest #16 (May 6-11) featuring Maria Montessori, Anne Strike, Lauren Potter and Tom Shakespeare

Artist SD Holman’s Empty Chair captures disability-arts pioneer Geoff McMurchy’s wheelchair in his home after he passed away in 2015. Dear ReaderThis issue of the Disability Digest highlights renowned educator Maria Montessori, athlete and[...]
Disability Digest #15 (April 27-30) featuring Merissa Hylton, Antonio Gramsci, Jillian Mercado and Lynn Manning.

Disability Digest #15 (April 27-30) featuring Merissa Hylton, Antonio Gramsci, Jillian Mercado and Lynn Manning.

"I Am Here - Acceptance," sculpture by multidisciplinary artist @merissahyltonart⁣ ©2019 Merissa Hylton. Dear Reader There are two ways disability is erased from history. One is to completely ignore the person with a disability, their presence and contribution. The other is to erase all t[...]
Disability Digest #14 (April 22- 25) featuring Lucy Maud Montgomery author of Anne of Green Gables

Disability Digest #14 (April 22- 25) featuring Lucy Maud Montgomery author of Anne of Green Gables

Poem and art by Kirsteen Main. From her book "Dear Butterfly" Dear ReaderThis Digest is written to recognize people with disabilities for who they really are: authoritative sources on creativity, resilience, love, resistance, science, advers[...]
Disability Digest Issue #13 (April 12-17) Featuring Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher and friend

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 to the April 11-17th edition of[...]
Disability Digest #12 (April 1-7) – featuring Virginia Hall, the spy who terrified the Nazis

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 ReaderWelcome 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 wit[...]
Disability Digest # 11 (March 25-31)

Disability Digest # 11 (March 25-31)

Vincent Van Gogh born March 30, 1853. ‘Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear' Dear ReaderThis issue of the Disability Digest highlights blues guitarist Jeff Healey, lawyer Harriet McBryde Johnson, writer and political activist Alice Wong, and Bla[...]
Disability Digest #10 (March 19-25)

Disability Digest #10 (March 19-25)

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room, Nov 2019 in NYC Dear ReaderThis 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 mo[...]
Disability Digest #9 (March 10-15)

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 given credit to some[...]
Disability Digest #8 (March 1-8)

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, you wouldn’t recognize the world. The wor[...]
Disability Digest #7 (February 22-29)

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 ReaderPeople with disabilities have been major players throughout history[...]
Disability Digest #6 (February 14-21)

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 ReaderDisability is written out of history either by ignoring the contributions of persons with di[...]
Disability Digest #5 (February 6-13)

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 contributions[...]
Disability Digest #4 (January  30 – February 5)

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 as we strive for improveme[...]
Disability Digest #3 (January 21 – 28 )

Disability Digest #3 (January 21 – 28 )

Andrew Wyeth. Christina’s World. 1948. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Andrew Wyeth Dear Reader Thanks for your feedback on the first two issues of this Digest. I confess I’m having trouble limiting the number of profiles as well as their length. Bear with me, there is so much to sh[...]
Disability Digest #2 (January 9 – 15th, 2021)

Disability Digest #2 (January 9 – 15th, 2021)

Sophie de Oliveira Barata, founder of the Alternative Limb Project, works closely with amputees to create surreal and glamorous prosthetic limbs that “can help to break down social barriers, and delight the eye.” Courtesy #womensart Dear Reader Thanks for the feedback on the first issue o[...]
Disability digest #1

Disability digest #1

UK artist Susan Austin, underwater performance in wheelchair, 2013 aimed to challenge perceptions of disability #womensart. Credit: https://twitter.com/womensart1 Dear ReaderThis is  a beta version of something I've been wan[...]