09 / 03 / 19
Based on the pioneering New York Times series, ABOUT US collects the personal essays and reflections that have transformed the national conversation around disability.
Since its debut in 2016, the New York Times “Disability” series has brought insight to millions of readers into what it means, and how it feels, to live with a disability. The life stories, by authors with disabilities that range from blindness and deafness to chronic illness and depression, speak to the fullness of human experience. These compelling accounts of childhood, love, sex, conflict, resourcefulness, and joy, both topical and timeless, have influenced public opinion and promoted the social and civil rights of America’s largest minority group. Echoing the refrain of the disability rights movement, “nothing about us without us,” the collection presents a foreword by Andrew Solomon, and more than sixty essays from the series, including "I Use a Wheelchair. And Yes, I’m Your Doctor” and “10 Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children.” Overturning pervasive stereotypes, About Us reveals how disabled people have survived and flourished in a world not yet built for them.
M E D I A
C O N T R I B U T O R S
John Altmann • Todd Balf • Jennifer Bartlett • Emily Rapp Black • Sheila Black • Sasha Blair-Goldensohn • Cheri A. Blauwet • Molly McCully Brown • Joseph P. Carter • Peter Catapano • Randi Davenport • Luticha Doucette • Anne Finger • Joseph J. Fins • Shane Fistell • Paula M. Fitzgibbons • Kenny Fries • Rosemarie Garland-Thomson • Jenny Giering • Ona Gritz • Elizabeth Guffey • Jane Eaton Hamilton • Ariel Henle • Edward Hoagland • Alex Hubbard • Liz Jackson • Elizabeth Jameson • Cyndi Jones • Anne Kaier • Georgina Kleege • Rachel Kolb • Elliott Kukla • Catherine Kudlick • Emily Ladau • Laurie Clements Lambeth • Alaina Leary • Riva Lehrer • Gila Lyons • Ben Mattlin • Zack McDermott • Catherine Monahon • Jonathan Mooney • Susannah Nevison • Joanna Novak • Valerie Piro • Oliver Sacks • Katie Savin • Melissa Shang • Alice Sheppard • Daniel Simpson • Brad Snyder • Andrew Solomon • Rivers Solomon • Carol R. Steinberg • Jillian Weise • Abby L. Wilkerson • Alice Wong
T O P I C S I N C L U D E
Becoming Disabled • Mental Illness is not a Horror Show • Disability and the Right to Choose • Brain Injury and the Civil Right We Don’t Think • The Deaf Body in Public Space • The Everyday Anxiety of the Stutterer • I Use a Wheelchair. And Yes, I’m Your Doctor • A Symbol for “Nobody” That’s Really for Everybody • Flying While Blind • My $1,000 Anxiety Attack • A Girlfriend of My Own • The Three-Legged Dog Who Carried Me • Passing My Disability On to My Children • I Have Diabetes. Am I to Blame? • Learning to Sing Again • A Disabled Life is a Life Worth Living
A B O U T T H E E D I T O R S
P E T E R C A T A P A N O is an award-winning opinion editor at the New York Times.
R O S E M A R I E G A R L A N D - T H O M S O N is professor of English and bioethics at Emory University.