We Will Talk About These Days

In March of 2020, much of Philadelphia shut down in response to COVID-19. Among the most vulnerable to the effects of the virus are people with disabilities.

We Will Talk About These Days is collection of interviews about living with disability while navigating a pandemic.

ASL Introduction

Interviewees include an ASL interpreter charged with communicating health and safety information to the Deaf community; an artist with Down Syndrome unable to work in her studio; a young woman hoping to leave an institution for a new life in the community; an essential worker weighing the risk and rewards of his work; and immigrants in search of better lives for their children with disabilities. The stories they tell contrast systemic inequities with moments of hope—even joy.

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Asende

"I also do get overwhelmed by stressful thoughts!"

Asende's story
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Mary Bevlock

"I get upset all the time. I get upset about the virus."

Mary's story
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Diane Bishop

"The mask keeps slipping off and pulling out the hearing aids."

Diane's story
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Becky Bradbeer

"...there's been a lot of time to soul search."

Becky's story
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Rebecca Bricklin

"I miss hugging people. I'm a hugger."

Rebecca's story
Picture of Tracy Chen

Tracy Chen

"I didn't see my parents and brothers for almost five months!"

Tracy's story
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Nate and Priscilla Conley

"I have definitely seen a huge difference..."

Nate and Priscilla's story
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Robert Evans

"Covid said, Not this year, Bobby."

Robert's story
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Dynah Haubert

"...an awesome way to build community and build disability power..."

Dynah's story
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Jin Yun

"I have learned that strength always comes at the right time..."

Jin Yun's story
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Vicki Landers

"We've adapted. You have no choice."

Vicki's story
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Mansoureh

"These days will pass. They will be memories."

Mansoureh's story
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Isaac Merz

"Being an essential worker, the demands..."

Isaac's story
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Ming Ting

"...we never quite feel a part of the mainstream."

Ming Ting's story
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Kevin Mundey

"It's not equal access in terms of technology."

Kevin's story
Picture of Timothy O'Donovan

Timothy O'Donovan

"I do not know what my future looks like right now."

Timothy's story
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Haley Shiber

"I have had to decrease my care staff..."

Haley's story
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Debi Shostak

"I hope this will teach us to be better humans."

Debi's story
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Garrett Zuercher

"...with masks, I don't know if people are talking with me."

Garrett's story

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This project was made possible with generous support from the Independence Public Media Foundation.

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Contact us at iod@temple.edu.