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Breath & Shadow is our quarterly literary journal, one of just a few in the world exclusively written and edited by people living with disabilities!

July 16, 2020

A Review of Breathing Lessons, an early film about The Sessions' Mark O'Brien
by Mike Reynolds

The first time I heard of Mark O’Brien was in February 1997, when I was in college. I was writing for my campus newspaper and trying to organize a disability-awareness week...

December 1, 2019

A culture is defined by the literature it produces. As a minority group, people with disabilities have, historically, been defined by what non-disabled people have written or spoken about them.  Recently, the literature of people with disabilities has been in the spotl...

December 1, 2019

The implementation of Recreational Marijuana Sales set to begin in Maine

sometime within the next year. While the 2016 vote for legalization was one of the closest elections in Maine’s history, the majority of the organized opposition was from the medical marijuana comm...

December 1, 2019

On the morning of Monday, September 16th, the western Maine town of

Farmington was rocked by a propane gas explosion that would level the new offices of

Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP Inc), a local non-profit that provided

services to severely disabled adults. One...

December 1, 2019

On October 21, Kenny Fries, an award winning writer of numerous books, essays, and

poetry, spoke as part of Bowdoin College’s “Disability and Accessibility” series. Fries was born with a congenital physical disability that impacts his legs and ability to

walk. Fries is o...

May 19, 2019

Recently, society was shocked by a scandal involving its richest and most elite. It was exposed that the tools meant to aid victims of systemic oppression were being abused to benefit children of affluent families in their admittance to prestigious colleges. People wen...

April 5, 2019

In late November, I penned an op-ed calling for the rejection of an assisted suicide ballot measure that would have created a referendum similar to the law in Oregon. My piece ran in several papers throughout Maine on November 29th and 30th.

On December 3, The Seacoast...

March 22, 2019

In late February, the Disability Community lost a pioneering advocate, outspoken activist, and beloved leader when Carrie Lucas passed away at the age of 47. Lucas, who had a neuromuscular disease that robbed her of most of her movement, was an unstoppable pioneer for...

January 13, 2019

Content Warnings: Ableism in Politics, Mention of Sexual Assault

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retired earlier this year many people feared that the Court, upon the appointment of a judge by President Trump, would be positioned to be more conservative than...

December 27, 2018

Based on what happened after Oregon legalized the practice, it's incompatible with values held by Mainers.

Maine residents are being asked to sign a petition calling for a referendum on legalizing assisted suicide to be placed on the 2019 ballot. The practice was lega...

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