Graphic with a background of overlapping triangles in bright colors with text: Available now! In the middle is an image of a book titled ‘Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century Edited by Alice Wong’ the book cover has overlapping triangles in a variety of bright colors with black text overlaying them and an off-white background. Book cover by Madeline Partner.
Available by now!
Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century
Vintage Books / June 30, 2020
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Plain language summary by Sara Luterman
Discussion guide by Naomi Ortiz
Audiobook narrated by Alejandra Ospina
ISBN: 9781984899422 (paperback) 9781984899439 (ebook)
Requests for interviews and online book events:
Julie Ertl, Publicity Manager, Vintage Books & Anchor Books | The Knopf Doubleday Group
Access Rider and Media Kit for Alice Wong
All new! Infographic by Elizabeth Hee about the book (see below)
Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together an urgent, galvanizing collection of personal essays by contemporary disabled writers.
From original pieces by up-and-coming authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma, to blog posts, manifestos, eulogies, testimonies to Congress, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and past with hope and love.
Online Book Events
August 8, 2020, 7-8 pm Eastern
Disability Visibility Virtual Discussion with Sandy Ho and Alice Wong
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
This event invitation is displayed on a light gray background with light blue and yellow doodles. It reads: ‘Disability Visibility’ Virtual Book Discussion with Alice Wong & Sandy Ho. Saturday, August 8th, 7-8pm EDT. Free event. 5 free copies of the book will be raffled off to attendees. Live CART captioning & ASL interpreting will be provided. Register at Learn.PYD.org. The logo for Partners for Youth with Disabilities is in the top-right corner, which features two cartoon people (one small, one large) with their arms around one another. It also features headshots of Alice Wong and Sandy Ho. Alice is an Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a blue shirt with a geometric pattern with orange, black, white, and yellow lines and cubes. She is wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color. She is smiling at the camera. Sandy is an Asian American disabled woman with dark wavy shoulder length hair, wearing tortoise shell glasses, a dark blazer and a blue shirt. She is smiling at the camera.
“Join us this August for a virtual book event with editor Alice Wong in conversation with Sandy Ho, a contributor in Alice’s new anthology,
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century.” This is a free virtual event, and 5 free copies of the book will be raffled off among those who register: https://learn.pyd.org/webinar/disability-visibility-virtual-book-discussion-with-alice-wong-sandy-ho/
CART and ASL interpreting will be made available. If you need additional accommodations for the session, please
August 12, 2020, 6-7 pm Central
BackbonesOnline.com Book Discussion with Alice Wong
“Join us for a discussion on the book Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century! We are very excited that the editor of the book, Alice Wong, will be joining us!”
Past Online Book Events
Reviews and Media
“Alice Wong’s book launch panel offers glimpse into deeply lived personal aspects of different disabilities,” August 3, 2020, Hari Srinivasan, Daily Cal.
“Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” August 3, 2020, Nila Gupta, Disability Arts Online.
ICS member Alejandra Ospina narrates Disability Visibility audiobook,” July 2020, Independence Care System.
“Brew’s Bookshelf,” Morning Brew newsletter, July 30, 2020
“Best books published in summer 2020,” Sian Babish, July 29, 2020, The Chicago Tribune.
“Editor Interview: Alice Wong,” Kelsey Norris, July 28, 2020, Libro.fm
“How to teach children about disability, at every age,” Kristen Parisi, July 28, 2020, Today Show.
“Advocating in Plain Language, with Sara Luterman,” Haley Moss and Dr. Lori Butts, July 28, 2020, Spectrumly Speaking podcast.
“A Disability-Rights Consultant and Social Worker Explains How to Check Your Ableism Every Day,” Elizabeth Brodsky, July 27, 2020, Popsugar.
“‘Welcome to Our World’: Collection of Stories Sheds Light on Disabilities,” Eleanor J. Bader, July 27, 2020, The Progressive.
“10 Books Set to Become the New Feminist Classics,” Lily Herman, July 24, 2020, Shondaland.
“28 Ways to Learn About Disability Culture,” July 24, 2020, The New York Times.
“30 years of the ADA: Measuring progress and calling for improvements,” Anna Leahy, July 23, 2020, The Washington Post.
“7 Books to Read in Honor of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA,” Jaime Herndon, July 23, 2020.
“Interview with Alice Wong,” Kendra Winchester, July 22, 2020 Reading Women podcast.
“Disabled activist Alice Wong reflects on the Americans with Disabilities Act: ‘A law does not change the world overnight,'” Erin Donnelly, July 22, 2020, Yahoo.
The Curiosity Podcast with Dan Sterenchunk and Tommy Estlund, Episode 153 (
audio and text transcript).
“Stories From The Disability Community,” Jana Schiels, July 14, 2020, Wisconsin Public Radio.
“True Stories of Living With Disability For Your TBR,” Kelly Jensen, July 13, 2020, Bookriot.
“ Diane R. Wiener, June 2020, Volume 14, Issue 2, Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century (Alice Wong, ed.),” Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature.
“New & Noteworthy, From Craigslist Confessions to Toxic Outrage,” July 7, 2020, The New York Times.
“Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” Centers the Wisdom of Disabled People, Carrie Wade, June 30, 2020, Autostraddle.
“Review: Disability Visibility, Edited by Alice Wong,” Shir Kehila, June 30, 2020, Columbia Journal.
“My Joy Is My Freedom,” Keah Brown, June 30, 2020, Elle Magazine.
“Books to Watch,” June 30, 2020, Porchlight Books
“Q+A with Alice Wong on her new book, “Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century,” Linda Williams, June 30, 2020, Invisible Disability Project.
“New book is Alice Wong’s latest take on the ‘vastness’ of disability culture,” Louise Kinross, June 29, 2020, Bloom.
“BitchReads: 17 Books Feminists Should Read in June,” Evette Dionne, June 8, 2020, Bitch Media.
“June 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us,” Karla Strand, June 3, 2020, Ms. Magazine.
“New Works by Writers with Disabilities Hit Publisher Lists,” Alex Green, April 3, 2020, Publisher’s Weekly.
Alice Wong should be in charge of editing all books. Even better, Alice Wong should be in charge of everything! To Alice, words like ‘diversity’ and ‘intersectionality’ aren’t just buzzwords. They are marching orders. In this book, she has collected a staggering array of stories from writers who experience disability in vastly different ways. This isn’t meant to be THE DEFINITIVE BOOK on disability. It is a doorway, and Alice is inviting us all to go through the doorway and continue our learning process. She even ends the collection with a bibliography that extends far beyond your standard reading list. Whether you currently consider yourself part of the disability community or not, you’re gonna want to take in the wisdom woven throughout this book. Now more than ever, our society desperately needs to listen to and take action on the changes disabled artists and activists have been demanding for so long. I am lucky she is my friend.
—W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America
Harriet Tubman Collective
Talila A. Lewis
Harriet McBryde Johnson
Reyma McCoy McDeid
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Ricardo T. Thornton, Sr.
Infographic and image description by Elizabeth Hee
Infographic titled “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century” with a yellow, pink, turquoise, pastel green, and pastel purple color scheme. A green circle next to the title reads “Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableist society.” Another green circle reads “About the editor – Alice Wong” is above a doodle of Alice Wong, an Asian American women in a power chair and a blue shirt with an organize, black, white and yellow geometric pattern, wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color; and a speech bubble reads “What I have always been opening to accomplish is the creation of community.” Text reads “In high school, Alice read an article in Time about accessible public transit and wrote a letter expressing her wish for it to expand” with a doodle of a hand with a blue pencil and purple nails.” An arrow points to text reading “The letter was published in a subsequent issue – the first time Alice advocated on record as a disabled person, and sparking curiosity for more stories” with a doodle of a Time Magazine cover with a bus with a wheelchair ramp. Another arrow points to text reading “In surrounding herself with these stories, Alice found and developed her own voice. Her collection led her to community” and another arrow points to text reading “In 2014, disabled people through the U.S. were preparing for the following year’s 25th anniversary for the A.D.A” and a doodle of a party hat that reads “Happy 25th Anniversary.” Another arrow points to “Partnering with Storycorps, Alice created the Disability Visibility Project, a way for disabled people to celebrate and preserve their stories” with an image of the cover the “Disability Visibility” book. Another arrow points to “These kinds of stores – the funny, personal moments in disability history – are just as significant as those about leaders and politicians. We need more of these stories.” A curly bracket points to text reading “What started as a small oral history project kept going and blew up into A Movement” with a doodle of a person in a purple wheelchair facing away from the reader and a sign in a cement bucket that reads “Rights for the Disabled – Sign 504 Unchanged!” A sub-header reads “Community is…” Text reads “Political” with a doodle of a ballot box with “#CripTheVote” written on it, “Magic” with a doodle of a blue book with white sparkles and “#CripLit” written on it, “Power” with a doodle of the yellow Disability Visibility podcast logo of Alice Wong, an East Asian woman with purple sunglasses, red headphones, and a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube, and “Resistance” with an image of the cover of “Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People” (a dark blue cover with colorful fungi and the “o” in “Hope” is a moon, with addition text “Crip Wisdom for the people”). Another sub-header reads “Bringing all of these collaborations, connections, and joys to the page.” A blurb of text reads “Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people. For Harriet McBryde Johnson’s account of her debate with Peter Singer 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 complex city of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.” A column of text titled “Being” lists contributing authors “Harriet McBryde Johnson, Tallis A. Lewis, Maysoon Zayid, Ariel Henley, Jen Deerinwater, June Eric-Udorie, Jeremy Woody as told to Christie Thompson, Jillian Weise, Liz Moore.” Text reads “When I first read Harriet McBryde Johnson’s ‘Unspeakable Conventions,’ about debating a Princeton prof. who believed people like her should not exist, it shook me to my core – she brilliantly outlined the lived experience of ableism in very real terms. I no longer felt alone in questioning and defending my work.” There is a doodle of Harriet McBryde Johnson, a light-skinned woman with long braid of brown hair, in a wheel chair wearing a red dress and smiling toward the camera. Another column titled “Becoming” lists authors “Ricardo T. Thornton Sr., Sky Cubacub, Haben Girma, Diana Cejas, Sandy Ho, Keah Brown, Keshia Scott, Jessica Slice, Elsa Sjunneson, Zipporah Arielle.” Another column titled “Doing” lists authors “A. H. Reaume, Rebecca Cokley, Alice Sheppard, Wanda Diaz-Merced, Mari Ramsawakh, Shoshana Kessock, Ellen Samuels, Reyna McCoy McDeid, Britney Wilson, Lateef Mcleod.” Text reads “In ‘The Beauty of Spaces Created For and By Disabled People,’ s. e. smith describes the transient alchemy that happens when disabled people come together in the same space – their writing leaves us steeped in the beauty, creativity, and ingenuity of disabled people. There is a doodle of a person with orange hair and purple shirt in a wheelchair on their back with their arms extended, balancing another person on their legs, the second person is in a wheelchair and wears a green shirt with their arms extended. A fourth column titled “Connecting” lists authors “Eugene Grant, Patty Berne as told to and edited by Vanessa Raditz, Harriet Tubman Collective, Karolyn Gehrig, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Jamison Hill, Stacey Milbern, s. e. smith.” A bottom section has text that reads “Plain language summary by Sara Luterman” with a doodle of a piece of paper with blue text and design and a blue pen; text reading “Discussion guide by Naomi Ortiz” with a doodle of two people talking, on with light skin wearing a black bandana and blue shirt, the other with light skin, short brown hair, and glasses wearing purple shirt and holding a green mug; and text reading “Audiobook narrated by Alejandra Ospina” with a doodle of Alejandra, a light-skinned Latina woman with glasses and headphones. Final text in a yellow circle with a doodle of a flower at the top reads “For more about the book: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/book”; “Twitter: @SFDireWolf @DisVisiblity”; and “Published by Vintage Books.” On the far right side of the image in small text reads “art by @lizar_tistry.”