Access Intimacy, a phrase, an embodiment, a commitment. Alice Wong, creator of the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), is a fierce change maker. Initially a project with a few conversations between people living with disabilities, the DVP has boomed into a oral history archive, activist network, blog community, and podcast host. I had the great pleasure of facilitating DVP conversations and later producing audio clips for the blog. The experience of listening to, being present with, sharing in, and experiencing over 100 Bay Area DVP stories has utterly me. Thank you Alice for your energy, sagacity, and patience. Thank you Mia Mingus for the words access intimacy and for your brilliance. Thank you Bonnie, Judith, and all the DVP storytellers for offering of your experience.
There are moments that become markers. Brief or prolonged these moments alter how we exist in the world, change the way we understand ourselves, ask us to stand at the edge of possibility and fear. My Dad left the only place he ever knew, escaped as a refugee, never saw some members of his family again. This is one point of entry, one moment of recognizing an after, a piece of living transition.