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Lorenzo Milam: Surviving Geezerhood

Lorenzo Milam: Surviving Geezerhood

I first met Lorenzo through his 1984 book, The Cripple Liberation Front Marching Band Blues. It was lyrical and angry as hell and not at all fit for polite society. I loved it. Meeting him in the flesh was quite different. It was in 1991, in the small town in Oaxaca where he spends his […]

A Disability In Full

A Disability In Full

Being an artist is the sole comfortable response of my being to its existence. –Artist’s statement, Axis Mundi Arts I’m not protesting. I don’t really have a political agenda. It’s such a simple thing, but it’s so socially deviant — just to spend a day traveling without the aid of a mechanical device. –Interview, the […]

Death Do Us Part

The confrontation was polite–even respectful–but it was undeniably a clash of adversaries. Paul Longmore, an associate professor at San Francisco State University, is one of the disability community’s most outspoken opponents of legalized assisted suicide. Andrew Batavia of Miami Beach, Fla., is a well-known attorney and health and disability policy expert who favors legalization. Longmore […]

The Vent Life: Who Says You’re Out of the Game?

Once again, we look to the experts — in this case, to people who use ventilators. From what they have told us about the vent life, we can pass on some generalizations. The biggest single problem vent users face is the outrageous cost of their equipment and care. Many who use invasive ventilation need skilled […]