T.K. Small, 44, is a Brooklyn lawyer who bares his litigator knuckles for disability rights. When not plotting legal maneuvers, Small, who has spinal muscular atrophy, co-hosts the WBAI-FM radio show, The Largest Minority: News and Views from the Community of People with Disabilities (www.largestminority.org).
How has your disability shaped you?
My personality is a little bit reckless and compulsive, but as a person with a severe neuromuscular condition, I’m forced to focus. So I think being disabled has kept me out of trouble.
What irks you?
People who don’t give 100 percent. We can do things to make our existence and the world a better place, and we have an obligation to do that.
What are you proud of?
“I’m not a quitter, I just keep fighting. I might step back a little bit, but I never give up.”
What’s your motto?
“All animals are created equal,” from George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm. Of course, the rest of that quote is, “but some are more equal than others.” If you remember the book, the animals take over the