DVP on Patreon!! (December 5, 2016) by Disability Visibility Project published on 2016-11-27T08:44:48Z Check out some voices from oral histories collected by the Disability Visibility Project™, a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. Transcript below: (Speaker 1): What is this Disability Visibility? [sound of a radio dial tuning to different stations] (Speaker 2): I identified as a little person and I connected with other little people for years growing up. But to identify as a person with a disability is so much different because it's connecting with a broader movement. (Speaker 3): Join us. There's nothing wrong- (Speaker 4): Okay. First of all- (Speaker 3): With being in a wheelchair. (Speaker 4): We've got two people with muscular dystrophy sitting here. Neither one of us, yet, has uttered the words "being stricken", and of course we should clarify that we are not, in fact, on the verge of death. (Speaker 3): That's right and we're not suffering! (Speaker 5): And my my mom says that every single day that she was in the hospital, doctors and social workers would come to her room and tell her to give me up. They told her that I was more than likely not going to survive and they were pressuring my mom to sign away her rights to me. (Speaker 6): I want to be able to have complex conversations around what it means to be a disabled, queer woman of color and be trying to have loving relationships where I don't have to hide parts of myself. (Speaker 7): I've had people that are able to directed and I've had other people who feel like, "Well, why are you picking on me? Why do I have to change my gloves?" "You're wasting material," I have to tell them. "The gloves are disposable. I'm not." (Speaker 8): All of us, showing up as who we are, and like you're saying, "Our whole selves," is what gives me courage too. So then in those moments when I'm in immense amounts of pain and I'm like, "Can I do this? Am I strong enough?" I say, "Yeah. There are a lot of other people too that make it through." And I have an amazing community. [sound of a radio dial tuning to different stations] (Speaker 1): Life, through a disabled lens. This is the Disability Visibility Project. For more stories like this, go to DisabilityVisibilityProject.com. If you like what you hear, support the us at Patreon.com/DVP Thanks!