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.

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.

Haley Shiber

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

Haley sitting outdoors, smiling

Debi Shostak

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

Debi doing interview

Timothy O'Donovan

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

Timothy

Garrett Zuercher

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

Garrett doing interview

Becky Bradbeer

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

Becky, smiling

Dynah Haubert

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

Dynah, smiling

Mary Bevlock

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

photo of Holly's face

Diane Bishop

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

Diane Bishop, smiling

Kevin Mundey

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

Mundey, smiling

Tracy Chen

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

Tracy in a suburban outdoor setting

Isaac Merz

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

Isaac Merz on stage singing and playing guitar

Jin-Yun

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


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


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