With these words, the writer Kristin Hunter asks us to consider the wealth of experiences that form the bedrock of our communities. As 2013 drew to a close, the Visionary Voices project had recorded 57 stories of those who led Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. So many compelling stories. So many more to capture.
As we begin a new year, we look forward to sharing more of our work, and expanding our interviews to include siblings stories and the stories of those who have personally experienced institutionalization. We will continue to preserve personal papers collections that lend insight to the Movement, and will engage the public in the history of the Movement through the continued development of our play, A Fierce Kind of Love.
In the coming weeks, look for new interviews with parent/advocates Charlotte Twadell and Graynle Edwards, PhD, siblings Soeren Palumbo and Jackie and Sami Csaniz, advocates Marsha Blanco and Chuck Peters, and self-advocates Karen Hayes and Larry Kubey.
Every one of us is indeed a wonder. Everyone one of us has a story. And every story is a gift.
May your New Year be filled with wonderful stories!