you're in the minority, you
have to fight for everything. "
"As long as the disability community
leaders pledged allegiance
to the status
"The thing is, nobody
told me I was disabled.
with the lowest level of conflict and escalate from
"After watching 'When Billy Broke
His Head' on PBS, I switched stations just in time to catch
an inspirational supercrip story on the show '911.'
was jolting. It's wrong and
the wrong stinks to my soul every time. Never, never, never
will I quit until the wrongs are made right."
"There was a small yellow rope tied
from wrist to wrist, connecting them. Two, who I now
realized were staff, loosened the rope from around the wrist
of one man. I assumed they were going to take him into the
washroom. I was wrong. They tied him to the water fountain
and thus secured not only him but the five others attached
to him.... Other than realizing that change happens slowly,
I didn't get
it. I didn't wake up."
"I tell them it's their
to their fellow human beings."
George Wallace. It is good
for our cause when we have a loud, ugly enemy. Got one? Make
the most of it."
"In about 1977, I went to see 'Star
Wars,' and was floored by the bar scene. Here is this
ordinary-looking guy, Luke Skywalker, in this bar where
almost everybody in the place has a non-human/alien look and
yet: this is their home. They are not strange. They are
I woke up."
"Housing inaccessibility used to be
like the rain, the snow, the weather. What I figured out
about housing: This
is not weather; this is
people's decisions, builders' decisions."
apologized for comparing a
nursing home and a jail. That's an exaggeration. In jail,
you get a lawyer and a release date."
the will to act is thwarted,
it atrophies into a wish to be taken care of."
as a CIL director is hazardous.
Selling out the people in the name of representing them can
happen before we realize what we're doing. When applied
while sleepwalking, representation is the enemy of
"When I was admitted to a hospital
for surgery, the admitting clerk asked me to sign a
Resuscitate order. I
asked what would happen if, having signed it, I stopped
breathing because of a bad reaction to anesthesia.
to 1997, the maybe most interesting year so far
The Simon Says cartoon is by Clay Butler.
The Supreme Court cartoon is by Frank Billey.
The editor designed those two ace covers. Pat her on the back for them next time you see her.