The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World

The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World

by Al Etmanski

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Overview

“This book reminds us of what we have in common: the power to create a good life for ourselves and for others, no matter what the world has in store for us.” —Michael J. Fox

This book reveals that people with disabilities are the invisible force that has shaped history. They have been instrumental in the growth of freedom and birth of democracy. They have produced heavenly music and exquisite works of art. They have unveiled the scientific secrets of the universe. They are among our most popular comedians, poets, and storytellers. And at 1.2 billion, they are also the largest minority group in the world.

Al Etmanski offers ten lessons we can all learn from people with disabilities, illustrated with short, funny, inspiring, and thought-provoking stories of one hundred individuals from twenty countries. Some are familiar, like Michael J. Fox, Greta Thunberg, Stephen Hawking, Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and Temple Grandin. Others deserve to be, like Evelyn Glennie, a virtuoso percussionist who is deaf—her mission is to teach the world to listen to improve communication and social cohesion. Or Aaron Philip, who has revolutionized the runway as the first disabled, trans woman of color to become a professional model. The time has come to recognize people with disabilities for who they really are: authoritative sources on creativity, love, sexuality, resistance, dealing with adversity, and living a good life.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523087587
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur, author, and parent to a daughter, Liz, who experiences Down syndrome. He is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation and BC Partners for Social Impact. As cofounder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network he proposed and led the campaign to establish the world's only disability savings plan—the RDSP. Etmanski is an Ashoka fellow and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He was recently awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

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