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Disability Thinking

Welcome to Disability Thinking. What’s it all about?

Disability Thinking runs on a loose schedule. Most Sundays, I post a Weekly Wrap-Up of the previous week’s blog posts. On Mondays I post a Weekly Reading List, an annotated collection of selected articles I read in the previous week. Tuesdays through Thursdays I post one or two things every day, unless I take a “day off”, in which case, I usually post something about that. Every Thursday I do a Throwback Thursday post … an item from one or two years ago that day. Every other Friday, I post a Disability Blogger Link-Up, where anyone who wants to can post a favorite piece of writing about disability for others to read. It’s a way for other disability bloggers to boost readership and for readers to sample the diversity and scope of disability blogging.

My name is Andrew D. Pulrang. I was born in 1967, in Plattsburgh, New York, a small city in Northeastern New York, on Lake Champlain, and an hour’s drive south of Montreal, Quebec.

I lived in Plattsburgh until 1980, when my parents moved us to Tumwater, Washington. I attended Tumwater High School, where I graduated in 1985.

Later that summer I had a health crisis, which led to my starting to use a ventilator to breathe at night, which I have done ever since. A few days after having a tracheostomy tube installed so I could use the ventilator, I started Freshman Year classes at Dartmouth College. I graduated in 1989 with a major in History. Literally not knowing what to do next, I enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Virginia. After always avoiding involvement in disability issues, I ended up doing my Master’s Thesis comparing depictions of disability in television and movies.

During the summer between my two years at UVA, I did an internship at the North Country Center for Independence, a Center for Independent Living in Plattsburgh, which had started about a year before. Finding a disability organization that wasn’t begging for medical research funds with sad pictures of disabled kids was a revelation to me. I stuck with the Center, and the Center eventually stuck with me, as I became the Executive Director in 1998. I continued in that position until I stepped down in 2012. I still do some work with the good people at the North Country Center for Independence, doing some consultant grant-writing. But, I needed a real rest, and I also wanted to explore disability issues in a different way.

Disability Thinking is the result.

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