Four Mondays: February 5, 19 March 4, 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online
Lecture and Discussion. This live class will be recorded and available for later viewing.
“I never wished I didn’t have a disability,” wrote award-winning disability advocate Judy Heumann, in her memoir Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist. How do others with disabilities look at their challenges and their lives – and how might we all reframe our own perceptions? This class will explore books by authors with a wide variety of disabilities – blind, deaf/blind, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, visible and invisible. Some books focus on life with a particular disability, some on totally unrelated topics: we are constantly reminded that with a few limiting exceptions, these authors are exceptionally capable and often brilliant. For the first class, we will all read Ms. Heumann’s memoir and meet her fellow disability advocate Luby Ismail, founder of Connecting Cultures. During each of the subsequent classes, participants may choose to read one or both of the listed titles.
Reading Schedule and books (if there is an "or" you can choose either book to read):
Karen Leggett Abouraya is a journalist and children’s author as well as a longtime disability advocate in Montgomery County, Maryland. She chairs the Transition Work Group, a coalition of service providers and government agencies serving young adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. The Transition Work Group organizes two annual resource fairs for families and self-advocates. In 2019, she received an award for meritorious service from The Arc Maryland.
REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.
(This book cannot be returned.)