"I was born crippled and colored.
Now I am disabled and black."
was real loud. I wanted to
be heard. It was windy, real windy. But it didn't blow my
"All understanding of
laws of the universe seems
to flee from the minds of persons helping wheelchair users
get through doors."
"One of the great delusions of our
time is that a service system can produce care. All kinds of
systems steal this human word. In doing that,
they put the
mask of love on the face of control."
"It's like they're
swoop down on you when you die,
vampires bearing teddy bears. I think being around AIDS
brings this out in people."
"Occasionally, people will be brave
enough to ask me the question which is uppermost in their
it like, to be a dwarf?'"
"Psychiatric survivors haven't done
a lot of connecting up with the disability rights movement.
I guarantee you: that's
going to change."
"To dwell on the tragedy of Wade
Blank's death would be a very large disservice to the
life is the message. His
existence was a towering triumph that demands to be shouted,
to be heard, to be acted on."
"My social worker suggested I dress
down for the SSI interview. Actually, I'm lying. My social
worker won't even answer her phone, let alone give me advice
protocol for the medically indigent."
The photos on this page are by Tom Olin, the illustrations by B. Faw.