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Listen to Our Stories: Words, Pictures, and Songs by Young People with Disabilities
Listen to Our Stories: Words, Pictures, and Songs by Young People with Disabilities



Part One: Back Home with My Family

Relationships can have particular significance for young people with disabilities, who are often stigmatized and isolated for being "different." Although many compositions in Listen to Our Stories in some way allude to family or friends, in this part relationships take center stage. Love and support, conflict, the realignment or loss of familial attachments, the development of relationships with peers: these are all themes that young contributors address here.

  1. Back Home with My Family: Mimosa Long drew the picture included here when she was nine years old. Mimosa experienced severe burn injuries when she was two and a half and had since undergone numerous surgeries to repair tissue damage.

  2. Me and the Sick Feeling: Features a two-part essay written by Melinda about her panic attacks. Melinda wrote the first part of her essay when she was eighteen, the second a year later.

  3. I Feel Happy Being Here: Based on an interview with Bobby when he was fifteen. Bobby had cognitive disabilities and was attending public high school in a suburb of Boston.

  4. I Change My Stories for Speaking: Thomas P. Fay wrote the poem included here at age twenty-one. Tom had had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) six years before, resulting in partial paralysis of his right side, peripheral blindness, and a speech impairment, among other disabilities.

  5. They Stick to Me like Magnets: Based on an interview with Naeem Ahmed, who was fourteen and had cerebral palsy (CP). Naeem was born in Bangladesh and came to this country when he was six years old.

  6. We Sing the Same: Brian Johnson wrote the song included here when he was seventeen. Brian had Williams syndrome, a genetic condition often characterized in part by unusual musical talent.

  7. Smell the Roses: Features an interview with Rayna Segelman at age fifteen. Rayna had a cavernous hemangioma in the left side of her brain, weakness in the right side of her body, and learning disabilities (LDs).

  8. Pictures Talk Best: Lynne drew the picture included here when she was seven years old. Lynne was born with several cardiac anomalies, had two strokes before age four, and had complex partial seizures, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and aphasia.




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