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.
"I have had to decrease my care staff..."
"I hope this will teach us to be better humans."
"I do not know what my future looks like right now."
"...with masks, I don't know if people are talking with me."
"...there's been a lot of time to soul search."
"...an awesome way to build community and build disability power..."
"I also do get overwhelmed by stressful thoughts!"
"I get upset all the time. I get upset about the virus."
"...we never quite feel a part of the mainstream."
"The mask keeps slipping off and pulling out the hearing aids."
"These days will pass. They will be memories."
"It's not equal access in terms of technology."
"I miss hugging people. I'm a hugger."
"Covid said 'Not this year, Bobby.'"
"I didn't see my parents and brothers for almost five months!"
"Being an essential worker, the demands..."
"I have learned that strength always comes at the right time..."