Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century Edited by: Alice Wong

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent–but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

From Harriet McBryde Johnson’s account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma; from blog posts, manifestos, and eulogies to Congressional testimonies, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.


Content Warnings: [Most of the stories list content warnings at the start so you can choose to read or skip stories that contain elements that may upset you].
For a full list of all content warnings check the Storygraph page.

This book is full of stories from people will all different types of disabilities and illnesses. Some of the stories were humorous while others were devastating to read. I loved that the stories come from those with visible disabilities as well as those with invisible disabilities. Disabled people come in all shapes and sizes, races, genders, and sexualities and I feel like this book included an incredible mix of those different experiences.

Reading through this book shed some light on some of my own internalized shame and ableism in regard to my own diagnosis’. When I share that I have mental health issues and ulcerative colitis I feel shame and embarrassment because I hate feeling othered, or less than in other people’s eyes I don’t feel pity for people who share their struggles with me, or treat them any differently, so why do I assume that’s how others see me?

I need to work on accepting myself so that I can better advocate for spoonies like me. I’m always saying that I love seeing mental health representation and disability representation in the media but then I struggle to be more open about my own experiences.

This book gave me a lot to think about in regard to the disabled community. I look forward to reading more books by, and for, the disabled community so my understanding continues to grow.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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