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Jarred McGinnis: ‘You don’t have to be disabled to write about disability, but you’d better get it right’

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A poetry collection by Raymond Antrobus, a coming-of-age novel by Adam Mars-Jones … the novelist and wheelchair user celebrates the writers who have captured the disabled experience As an author with a visible and physical disability, it was inevitable that I would be asked to write about disability in literature – I’m a paraplegic and full-time manual wheelchair user, for those keeping score. When I had my spinal cord injury more than 20 years ago, I didn’t wake up to a PhD in disability studies, but I was introduced to a menagerie of annoyances and prejudices from people and architecture, which has definitely been an education. It should also be noted that disability is a catholic church, of which we will all be a member at some point in our lives.
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