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Freedom Through Flight: Performing a Counter-Narrative of Disability

Lynn M. Harter, Jennifer A. Scott, David R. Novak, Mark Leeman, Jerimiah F. Morris
2006 Journal of applied communications research  
This project explores how discourses of difference sustain the separation of people with disabilities from community life and highlights the efforts of one organization, Passion Works, as members perform a counter-narrative of disability. Passion Works is a nonprofit organization housed within a sheltered workshop sponsored by its local county board of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and provides innovative employment opportunities by supporting artistic collaborations
more » ... llaborations between individuals with and without disabilities. Our ethnographic portrayal is based on our experiences as participant observers, narratives performed in daily routines and collected through indepth interviews with staff artists, and document analysis. We unpack how artists perform a counter-narrative of freedom through flight that fosters both autonomy and connection, allows artists to accomplish mind and body, and provides opportunities for artists to perform the personal in the public sphere.
doi:10.1080/00909880500420192 fatcat:qixjjqt2zrcxlkjdiszdt7eytu