- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (July 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475999569
- ISBN-13: 978-1475999563
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm Not Here to Inspire You: Essays on Disability from a Regular Guy Living with Cerebral Palsy Paperback – July 29, 2013
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About the Author
Rob J. Quinn started as a freelance writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer Sports section, and wrote a series of articles on the disability community for the local section of the paper. He moved on to eventually work full-time as an editor with a children's book publisher, and wrote a book for the publisher on a freelance basis. Quinn then spent several years blogging. His sports blog, Rob Q. Ink, was often quoted in the Inquirer's "Blog Zone" section of the paper. On Rob Q. Ink-Page 2, the writer offered thoughts on various topics, including the disability community. Learn more about the author and I'm Not Here to Inspire You at http://robjquinn.blogspot.com/. The site also offers links to find him on Facebook and Twitter, as well as other contact information.
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In some measure, it's that sort observation from Quinn that sets the tone of the book—that, of course, and the book's title. Quinn wants you to understand the reality of disability, which isn't always life at the beach, and he wants to scrape away all the sentimental clap-trap that frames the discussion of disability in our society. Simply put, Quinn thinks it's possible to live fully as a disabled person, but it would be much easier if the attitudes of thenondisabled were a bit less antiquarian.
Quinn tells the hard truths in his chapter on love. It's not an easy read, but it would be a worthwhile read for a non-disabled person. Love, relationships, and sex are sometimes taboo topics in the discussion of disability. No one wants to admit it, but being a disabled person often means being "disabled" in love. Why? Sometimes it's difficult to get out and circulate. That's the practical aspect. And there are aspects no one wants to talk about—appearance, supposition that a disabled person is disabled sexuality, or even the assumption that a disabled person is asexual, too caught up in being disabled to even have a desire for romantic love or capable of expressing such an emotion.
If you're disabled, it's the sort of book to buy, read, and pass along to the important people in your life. One caution: ask for it's return; it's the sort of book worth keeping as a reference.