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A World without Martha

A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference

Victoria Freeman was only four when her parents followed medical advice and sent her sister away to a distant, overcrowded institution. Martha was not yet two, but in the 1960s there was little community acceptance or support-for raising children with intellectual disabilities at home. In this frank and moving memoir, Victoria describes growing up-in a world that excluded and dehumanized her sister, and how society's insistence that only a "normal" life was worth-living affected her sister, her family, and herself, until changing attitudes to disability and difference offered both sisters new possibilities for healing and self-discovery.

About the Author

Victoria Freeman is a writer, theatre artist, educator, and public historian. She is the co-creator, with Sol Express, of Birds Make Me Think About Freedom, a play about the experiences of peoples institutionalized for intellectual disability, and author of Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America. She teaches in the Canadian Studies Program at Glendon College, York University, in Toronto.

9780774880404 : a-world-without-martha-freeman
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