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    Sunday, March 03, 2024

    More than a Month

    Welcome to the next edition of More than a Month, which is focusing on people with disabilities.

    I have to say that the stories featured in this special section are educational and inspirational, but I’ve learned after reading Kristy Dorsey’s story on how Derron Wood, founder and principal director of Flock Theater, and Alison Wetmur, an actor, are translating the Eugene O’Neill play “Before Breakfast” into American Sign Language, that people with disabilities don’t want to be inspirational fodder for others.

    As Wetmur, who is deaf, puts it, “Because disabled people don’t exist to be inspirational for people who aren’t.” She laughingly says disabled people are meant to be “badass.” And after reading this story, I can attest that Wetmur is that and then some.

    In this special section, you’ll also find stories about the challenges of treating long COVID-19; how the South East Connecticut Community Center of the Blind is helping its members; and how adaptive clothing helps foster independence by allowing disabled people to dress themselves.

    These are just a few of the stories featured in this special section, and I hope you enjoy them.

    If you have story ideas that you feel I should know about, please reach out to me at i.larraneta@theday.com.

    Thank you,

    Izaskun E. Larrañeta, executive editor

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