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Growing Up Disabled in Australia Kindle Edition
I didn’t grow up disabled; I grew up with a problem. A problem that those around me wanted to fix.
We have all felt that uncanny sensation that someone is watching us.
The diagnosis helped but it didn’t fix everything.
Don’t fear the labels.
That identity, which I feared for so long, is now one of my greatest qualities.
I had become disabled – not just by my disease, but by the way the world treated me. When I found that out, everything changed.
One in five Australians has a disability. And disability presents itself in many ways. Yet disabled people are still underrepresented in the media and in literature. In Growing Up Disabled in Australia – compiled by writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay OAM – more than forty writers with a disability or chronic illness share their stories, in their own words. The result is illuminating.
Contributors include senator Jordon Steele-John, paralympian Isis Holt, Dion Beasley, Sam Drummond, Astrid Edwards, Sarah Firth, El Gibbs, Eliza Hull, Gayle Kennedy, Carly-Jay Metcalfe, Fiona Murphy, Jessica Walton and many more.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0828L39RV
- Publisher : Black Inc. (February 3, 2021)
- Publication date : February 3, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 8304 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,575 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Carly Findlay has put together an amazing collection. Each own voice’s story is captivating. Every person’s experience is unique, every reaction different and so so important to understand. No one’s disability is the same. Every story reminds us of this fact and really highlights that you cannot have policies to treat disabled people the same… No one condition is the same as another, no one’s experience is the same as another person’s and no one responds to treatment in exactly the same way. The best first step is to Listen. Believe what disabled people tell you. Only they know what they are feeling, experiencing and living through. No one answer fits all cases. This collection at times is a hard and emotional read. I highly recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
I read them one at a time, leaving space between to absorb and reflect; to do my best to understand the writer and their life.
Carly Findlay has done a masterful job of curating this collection of cameos, achieving balance in every way: the people, their disabilities, their attitudes and approach to life, and their writing style.
I didn't grow up disabled; I was 60 when a stroke stripped away the self and the life I'd known. But there is so much here that I can relate to. And so much that took me by surprise, shook me up, and gave me profound insights into the lives of others.
Destined to become a classic.
I look forward to this book being celebrated in our disability communities, validating people experiencing and changing how disability is viewed by the majority culture they we live in.
It will be uncomfortable, but you must read this book.
Thank you all for your contribution to this book!