"The words meant something then, they mean something different now. But I think that this may be the best advice I’ve ever given myself. I wish I’d given it to myself when very young. I hope I remember it when I’m very old. I hope this means something to you, because it does, deeply, to me."
"I’ve always needed a good ten hours of sleep, but that’s grown lately as pain interrupts my slumber and stops me getting a good run of deep, good quality, sleep. Now, I spend 12-14 hours with my eyes closed, either dreaming or hoping to be.
"It’s not 14 hours of blissful sleep – the last 3 or 4 hours are spent dozing in pain, even dreaming about it. From the moment I lie down, my lower back is conspiring against me. When I wake in the small hours, the pain is bearable, but by the time my husband and dog wake at 6.45am it hurts to move, so much that I have to hold the bed frame and lift myself between positions, rather than daring to roll from one side to another. "
"Unfortunately there’s no way for me to let people down gently because the only safe answer is ‘No, there is never an appropriate time to ask to pet a working dog.’ There’s a lot of reasons for this, and I’ll detail them below from my own experience […]"
”[…] she began to talk about the Egyptian approach to disability - in the culture of the time of the burial of the wee babe. She said that Egyptians were one of the few people who saw disabled children to be equal in value to typical children. They were not left to the elements, they were not dropped over cliffs, they were welcomed in and loved in the family. She said that there was all sorts of evidence of disability as part of every day life in Egypt. Crutches, canes and walking sticks along with crude prosthetic limbs were found all over Egypt. Disability was clearly not conceptualized in the way that it was in other cultures, or even, she said somewhat archly, today.”
"How did I become a Socialist? By reading. […] Manual spelling takes time. It is no easy and rapid thing to apsorb through one’s fingers a book of 50,000 words on economics. But it is a pleasure, and one which I shall enjoy repeatedly until I have made myself acquainted with all the classic socialist authors."
"For Freeman […] and other musical interpreters, it’s not enough just to sign the lyrics. ‘People used to say during the jams, “It’s music, look at the stage,”’ she says. ‘But they never tried to communicate what music looks like. Deaf people would see other people respond, and they wanted to know what they were feeling.’"
"Because everyone had a deaf family member, everyone in the community knew sign language. Deaf people were farmers, store clerks, anything they wanted to be. Hearing people would sign to each other over the large expanses the island farms created, a deaf person could walk into a store and the clerk would always know sign."
"For people with disabilities, interactions with law enforcement sometimes go very wrong, very fast. We are denied interpreters, our mobility devices are taken away, we are Tased, we are beaten, we are shot."
"If you are seeking a good introductory text to US Deaf Cultural History, this is an excellent book to start with."