The Audacity of Belief

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Seeing people like the Reverend Jessie Jackson weep proves that all the dedication, faith, and struggles that Reverend Jackson and others, including the “Dreamer” himself, Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., and the ultimate sacrifice that Dr. King made for the Civil Rights Movement, has finally paid off. While person after person, especially those old enough to remember the days …

Rolling

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I recently stayed up until almost 3:00am to watch a compelling 1 hour documentary film called “Rolling.” The filmmaker, Gretchen Berland, who is a physician, likes to give video cameras to people so that they can take us into their personal lives, with the intent of creating films to highlight issues critical to understanding and improving the health care system. …

What Do You Want for Christmas?

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But what if you’re disabled, particularly in a way that is readily evident to others just by looking at you? We live in a world that, for whatever reason, insists that conformity is not only preferred, but required, to be considered a viable part of society. A person may be judged by the way one dresses, or the amount of …

21st Century Freak Show

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Lately, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in our media, one that leaves me wondering how long it’ll be until the disabled community becomes its next target. Shows like The Insider are doing increasing numbers of so called human interest pieces on the obese. They pick a person who is exceptionally large, tell their story in the most sorrowful and sympathetic …

The Day I Got My Wings

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July marks the fourth anniversary of Audacity Magazine. I’ve been with the magazine for just over two years, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Nathasha Alvarez has given me to express my thoughts and opinions, and to share my personal feelings, desires, frustrations, and triumphs with the rest of the world. But July in particular has an extra …

The Nerve To Dream

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Most people have secret dreams, hidden desires, and unexpressed wants that we know will never come to pass, and yet deep down we maintain hopes and prayers for that somehow, someway, that a miracle will bless us and these wishes will be made real. We disabled folk are no different. Despite how others may look at us and see only …

If Michael Richards Called Me A Gimp

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One of the most popular videos on YouTube.com recently was the controversial clip of Michael Richards, best known for his role of Kramer in the television show Seinfeld, where he seemed to come unglued when black patrons began to heckle him while during a standup routine at a comedy club in L.A. Suddenly, like a Tourette’s patient on an acid …

The Voice of the Disabled in 2008?

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Even though our next Presidential election is more than a year away, we’re already hearing more and more about it every day. Candidates are throwing their hats into the ring, and the political claws have come out in razor-sharp fashion as the Presidential hopefuls fight for position in a field full of middle-of-the-road contenders who are all just cannon fodder …

The Plight of the “Pillow Angel”

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You’re a parent of a newborn child, a precious angel who is a gift from God. You have prayed and yearned for this child for months, maybe years, and your love for this child is without bounds long before you get to meet your little bundle of joy for the very first time. But then you are told that your …