Preface

From Al's latest book
The Power of Disability, 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World

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Lesson 1: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

  • What Gord Walker Taught Me
  • Body Politics: Catherine Frazee
  • Brilliant Imperfection: Eli Clare
  • The Gift: Judith Snow
  • A Brief History of Imperfection: Dr. Stephen Hawking
  • If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: The Schappell Twins
  • Hidden Wholeness: Parker Palmer
  • Humanity Passport: Naoki Higashida with David Mitchell
  • A Culture with No Boundaries: Carey, Shelly, and Zoe Elverum

 

Lesson 2: Funny Things Happen on the Way to the Future

  • What David Roche Taught Me
  • Funny Things Happen on the Way to the Future: Michael J. Fox
  • Laughing Matters: Maysoon Zayid
  • If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: Zach Anner
  • Changing the World One Laugh at a Time: Nidhi Goyal
  • Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot: John Callahan
  • Get Down Moves: Lauren Potter
  • Smart Ass Empire: Mike Ervin
  • Funny, You Don’t Look Crazy: Victoria Maxwell

 

Lesson 3: Label Jars, Not People

  • What Cradle Heaven Taught Me
  • The Mismeasure of Man: Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Power of Not Fitting In: Temple Grandin
  • Dethroning Stereotypes: Peter Dinklage
  • Identity Complications: Cristina Hartmann
  • The R-Word: Timothy Shriver
  • Breaking the Silence: Allie Cashel
  • Label Jars, Not People: Edith Sheffer
  • Branding Disability: Albert Lasker

 

Lesson 4: There Ain’t No Cure for Love

  • What Phil and Wendy Allen Taught Me
  • Hot, Wet, and Shaking: Kaleigh Trace
  • There Ain’t No Cure for Love: Leonard Cohen
  • Love at Second Sight: Marlena Blavin
  • Sex and the Gimpy Girl: Nancy Mairs
  • Crossing Half of China to Sleep with You: Yu Xiuhua
  • Fifty Shades of Scarlet: Mik Scarlet
  • Things Disabled People Know about Parenting: Ing Wong-Ward
  • In Sickness and in Health: Ben Mattlin

 

Lesson 5: All Means All

  • What Ted and Josh Kuntz Taught Me
  • The Elephant in the Room: Caroline Casey
  • Krip-Hop Nation: Luca Patuelli
  • Runway to the World: Aaron Philip
  • Unleash Different: Rich Donovan
  • Navigating Privilege and Power: Deborah Dagit
  • Sharing Lives: The Village of Geel and Alex Fox
  • An Authentic Doctor: David Renaud
  • All Means All: Marsha Forest and Jack Pearpoint

 

Lesson 6: Adversity Is an Opportunity

  • What Sam Sullivan Taught Me
  • Mothering On: Christa Couture
  • Breathing Love into Zika: The Guerreira Mothers of Brazil
  • Radical Optimist: Helen Keller
  • Adversity Is an Opportunity: Aimee Mullins
  • Better and Darker Angels: Abraham Lincoln
  • Image Maker: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Breaking Ground: Pearl S. Buck
  • The Dark Side of the Game: Tim Green

 

Lesson 7: Art Blooms at the Edges

  • What Geoff McMurchy Taught Me
  • Art Blooms at the Edges: Yayoi Kusama
  • The Heart of the Matter: Itzhak Perlman
  • Black Beauty: Anna Sewell 106 The Key of Life: Stevie Wonder
  • A Chair in the Sky: Charles Mingus with Joni Mitchell
  • Outsider: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Equals at Arthur’s Round Table: Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef
  • Changing the World, One Painting at a Time: Yaniv Janson

 

Lesson 8: Awaken to All Your Senses

  • What Peggie Taught Me
  • Touching the Rock: John Hull
  • Awakening to Our Senses : Evelyn Glennie
  • The Swoon of the Sensuous: DJ Savarese
  • The Sounds of Science: Wanda Díaz-Merced
  • Labyrinth: Jorge Luis Borges
  • Transformer Man: Neil Young
  • In My Language: Mel Baggs
  • A Little Learning Is a Dangerous Thing: Alexander Pope
  • By and for Equals: Nadia Duguay and Exeko

 

Lesson 9: Nothing about Us without Us

  • What Barb Goode Taught Me
  • Climate Striking: Greta Thunberg
  • Independent Living: Ed Roberts
  • Accidental Activist: Alice Wong
  • Manifesto for Citizenship: Carmen Papalia
  • Disability Rocks: Heavy Load
  • The Equality Effect: Fiona Sampson
  • Breaking Bad Barriers: RJ Mitte
  • Everything Is about Us: Carla Qualtrough

 

Lesson 10: There Is No Independence without Interdependence

  • What Powell River Taught Me
  • Becoming Human: Jean Vanier
  • Love’s Labor: Eva Kittay
  • Purple, Green, and Yellow: Robert Munsch
  • Moonbeams: Ian Brown
  • The Four Walls of Her Freedom: Donna Thomson
  • The Untouchables: Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou
  • Poem for Michael: Kirsteen Main
  • There Is No Independence without Interdependence: Bonnie Sherr Klein

 

Conclusion: Life Comes from Life

 

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