Profiles

Read about the people profiled in Al’s latest book, The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World.

Christa Couture

I attended Christa’s performance as a singer-songwriter a number of years ago and have followed her career ever since. Christa is no stranger to loss and the grief that accompanies it. She has a rare and precious perspective on hardship, setback, and being different. I profiled Christa in Lesson 6, “Adversity is an Opportunity.”

 

“At this point, the experience of losing my leg and having a disability feels like I’ve been to a country most people haven’t been to, and I have this perspective which is so rare and feels precious.”
~ Christa Couture

 

christacouture.com  
Read more:
https://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/i-couldnt-find-any-disability-maternity-photos-so-i-made-my-own
 
 

Carmen Papalia – Trust is a Fundamental Ingredient of Democracy

I was drawn to Carmen’s work because of his focus on trusting relationships. His Accessibility Manifesto for the Arts can also be read as a manifesto for citizens on how to make government more accessible for everyone. I profiled Carmen in Lesson 9, “Nothing About Us Without Us.”

 

“After using their nonvisual senses for a prolonged time, participants begin to recognize looking as one of the many ways to engage with and interpret a place. They realize the opportunities for learning and knowing that become available through the nonvisual senses.”
~ Carmen Papalia

 

carmenpapalia.com