❴Reading❵ ➶ Accidents of Nature Author Harriet McBryde Johnson – Transportjobsite.co.uk

Accidents of Nature pdf Accidents of Nature, ebook Accidents of Nature, epub Accidents of Nature, doc Accidents of Nature, e-pub Accidents of Nature, Accidents of Nature 9de17cb1a3f Seventeen Year Old Jean Has Cerebral Palsy And Gets Around In A Wheelchair, But She S Always Believed She S Just The Same As Everyone Else She Goes To Normal School And Has Normal Friends She S Never Really Known Another Disabled Person Before She Arrives At Camp Courage But There Jean Meets Sara, Who Welcomes Her To Crip Camp And Nicknames Her Spazzo Sara Has Radical Theories About How People Fit Into Society She S Full Of Rage And Revolution Against Pitying Insults And The Lack Of Respect For People With DisabilitiesAs Jean Joins A Community Unlike Any She Has Ever Imagined, She Comes To Question Her Old Beliefs And Look At The World In A New Light The Camp Session Is Only Ten Days Long, But That May Be All It Takes To Change A Life Forever


10 thoughts on “Accidents of Nature

  1. says:

    This is an odd choice for me not likely one I ll repeat I m a norm pretty much, anyway don t really even know anyone who isn t I don t know why this even came to my attention, but it did I read the author s bio she was disabled very active in the community She didn t like the Jerry Lewis telethon, called it demeaning Why I had my suspicions they turned out to be correct Kids that are born with MLS, CP, or some other debilitating disease or defect look different so people treat them differently they don t like the pity condescension that usually accompanies it Sure, some allowances have to be made, but their condition is normal to them Being held up as a poster child for pity sucks, especially when the person has a highly intelligent mind.Johnson did a great job of bringing this point home with very real, likable characters for all their teen idealism confusion Even the annoying ones were understandable That s a bit of a trick since most were teenage girls I m a middle aged guy , although I helped raise a girl to adulthood, make no claims to understanding the gender, especially during the teen years The setting is a camp for crips in 1970 is probably very autobiographical, hence the sort of nonfiction shelving The different ways the kids deal with the camp activities, their issues, the norms is enlightening a bit gritty One reviewer says something about this being set in a pre awareness era I doubt there is an era where the majority will ever be aware of such a different minority in any meaningful way This is a good way of getting a bit of education though It applies in many other situations, too Most of us have or deal with something similar e.g., alcoholism, dyslexia, etc so can relate on that level.The author had a great way of making her points real, understandable, easy to swallow She didn t browbeat me, but took me on a journey through another s eyes It was interesting often light I loved the joking about the group of norm girls that didn t constantly talk about boys they talked about horses I married a girl like that Raised one, too.I d highly recommend this for everyone We all have our issues can probably relate to the characters Read some of the other reviews How why each reviewer related is interesting A few reviewers wouldn t recommend it to school libraries or younger kids Whatever There is some frank talk about sexual urges other bodily functions, but nothing that any pubescent kid isn t already dealing with IMO, folks might as well get it out in the open deal.


  2. says:

    I learnt so much reading this I admire Harriet McBryde Johnson so much and all that she did in her life to educate people and fight for equality for people with disabilites


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    mild spoilers ahoy Loved this book Well, okay, some of it rubbed a bit too raw, and the scene of the counselors teasing the campers sexually made me absolutely sick to my stomach, but only because it was so true It s gritty and sharp and smart and mean, but it s also real and sort of sweet, in it s way The scene with Robert yelling about the canoe made me cheer right along with the campers, and though I found Sarah an insufferable know it all about as often as Jean did, she was also so realistic in her insecurities and her anger, and she, like every other character was so darned LIKABLE that I could forgive her transgressions Jean s attitude toward herself and her disability, and the transformation the book wrought was painstaking and honest I m a member of the exclusive crip club myself, and I ve been to the camps, and reading this book was a sometimes painful reminder of my own strange, often agonizing, adolescence The primary feeling, from me, after reading this book is that this is EXACTLY why enabled people should not write books about us A book this honest is much too rare I want every time I read about disabilities for it to ring as true as this book This is the book that I should have read at fifteen, and then passed on to every single person who ever said to me, But I don t see you that way at all


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    I will write a real review of this book when I ve had some time to think about it, but all I can say about it right now is wow UPDATE This was easily one of the most surprising reads of the last year In a media and literary environment filled with YA romances tainted in tragedy and so called overcoming narratives, this book is a welcome and much needed alternative This book is explicitly not interested in appeasing people who like to belittle or treat disabled folks of all sorts like they have zero agency or right to self determination or worse, that cripping up is the best way for a non disabled actor to get accolades The story revolves around the Jean s experiences at Camp Courage, a summer camp for disabled kids, in the 1970s She came to the camp as a telegenic kid with cerebral palsy Through the course of her time at the camp, Jean begins to see how corrupt and demeaning most treatment of disabled people is Each chapter is the story of one day and by the time you get to the end, you see how formative these kinds of experiences can be especially for someone who comes in believing that courage and overcoming hardship are the key to happiness for disabled kids The book uses a ton of language that disability activists have been using among themselves for decades but that are not allowed by everyone else and apparently that has upset some reviewers I am of the opinion that marginalized people get to choose for themselves what language to use with each other, but please do not use this book as an excuse to use derogatory language The book is also frank about sexuality Since it was written by one of the great disability advocates of the last few decades, these details make sense Still, the book is truly moving if you can get on board with a disabled person telling it like it is If that s not for you, it s probably best to move on.


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    This book is set in 1970 from the POV of a teen girl with cerebral palsy who is attending a summer camp for disabled teens for the first time She has always striven to be considered normal and when faced with a camp full of others with disabilities and a militant camper versed in Marxist theories, she begins to question her long held beliefs The subject matter is important for young people Having grown up in a world of disability awareness and personal rights, it was uncomfortable to see the attitudes of the camp personnel during this pre awareness era The campers were exploited, ignored, and patronized and it was brutal to see it As the main character, Jean, comes to feel that maybe fitting in isn t the right thing to do, her whole foundation is shaken because her entire existence is based on being one of the gang But she comes to see that she will never fit in , and maybe that s fine, if somewhat miserable The book is for older readers, as it has some fairly graphic portrayals of life with disabilities, as well as a fair amount of strong language.


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    Apropos to this time of year, Accidents of Nature is all about summer camp Camp Courage is for children with a variety of special needs The campers have labelled these needs themselves with names like Spaz, crip, para, quad, Ausie, and walkie talkie Jean, who has Cerebral Palsy, has been raised in a normal school Her first ever summer camp is also her first exposure to other kids with disabilities Luckily, she meets Sarah right away Sarah has been to Camp Courage for eight straight years and not only understands the system but has views about how it should be Part teenage slice of life and part treatise on the place of those who are different, Accidents of Nature is a funny and poetic challenge to all of us no matter in what way we aren t quite normal to think deeply about inclusion.


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    Jean has cerebral palsy, but likes to think of herself as normal Then she is sent to Camp Courage, aka Crip Camp, and meets Sara, another girl with CP who feels very strongly about the way the Norms treat the Crips As Jean observes the other campers, she begins to question whether it is better to identify as Norm or as Crip.I could not help to compare this book to Izzy, Willy Nilly, which I read last month for the same book club Izzy and Jean seem to have similar personalities and thoughts both do their best to please their families and present a cheerful face to their condition Jean has been a poster child for telethons, being a pretty, blond, crippled child They both also have it ingrained that they will be married when they get older, and both have to revise their expectations of love and marriage due to their conditions this view probably being due to both books taking place in the 70s and early 80s However, Izzy, Willy Nilly felt very old fashioned, being written back then, and was essentially a problem novel about a girl who is in a terrible accident that leaves her with an amputated leg Accidents of Nature is much complex than the problem novel I imagined it would be Part of this is that due to the book s description, I imagined, going in, that Jean was very close to normal However, she is wheelchair bound and needs people to feed, clothe, and bathe her Jean has always thought of herself as normal, which is why she is so shocked to find that she is one of the disabled campers next to others who might be an amputee like Izzy, or a girl who has seizures, or someone who has bad asthma Even the MR campers seem abled than Jean, and I as a reader was brought along as Jean realizes this different reality of her condition It was also disconcerting for me, both as a normal and as someone who is used to political correctness, to hear terms that I ve been taught are not PC thrown around so casually Campers are generally called Crips and campers with CP are generally referred to as spazzos or as having a spazz attack MR or mildly disabled campers are called walkie talkies as they can walk and talk , and autistic kids are called aussies There is a description of a camp dance where the counselors dance with the campers, and a discussion about how some counselors flaunt their normal sexuality and whether this is because they don t even see the campers as having any sexual urges at all or because they feel powerful to have this sexual power over the campers While searching for discussion questions for the book club before reading the book, I discovered that the author is also disabled, and most of her life was focused on protesting the treatment of the handicapped in particular, Jerry Lewis s telethons The character of Sara is clearly based on herself This could be a powerful book for a Crip to read as it does not condescend to them or treat their condition as a problem to be solved This is, however, a mature read There is some strong language, sex is discussed, and there is one scene where Jean imagines what it would be like to have sex nothing graphic though.


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    Harriet McBryde Johnson may have looked at her life as being too late to die young however, she died younger than she should have and her unique, powerful voice was lost to us I tend to be skeptical about freshman novels, skeptical about the first person, skeptical about authorial self inserts and skeptical about manifestos parading as novels Accidents of Nature falls into all of the above categories however, it is transcendent.First and foremost, for a lawyer with no formal training on creative writing, Johnson has an unbelievable knack with characterization Her characters are understated, but unique flawed but sympathetic Even characters that disagree with her point of view are granted strengths The message in Accidents of Nature is very similar to that of Too Late to Die Young however, in novel format, it is somehow easier to understand that Johnson is suggesting an approach that is taken to all people with disabilities, not just razor sharp Southern ADA lawyers who happen to be disabled And while groups such as Disability is Natural are beginning to champion similar movements, Johnson is one of the first and one of the loudest to take her approach to the disability movement Accidents of Nature is guaranteed to challenge how all of us think disability and Johnson makes it clear, by inserting a caricature of herself, that even she is not above reproach I read this in a sitting, but it will stay with me for a long, long time.


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    A must read for people with disabilities and our alliesteens and adults, and parents who want to guide their children with disabilities into a positive future equipped to live full lives of dignity and choice.Harriet McBryde Johnson gets it and explains it to the rest of us through the thoughtful and passionate Jean, a young woman with cerebral palsy staying for the first time at a sleep over camp for cripples Set in 1970, Jean meets the militant, the meek, and everything in between amongst fellow campers aussies autistic , limp gimps, MRs mentally retarded , quads, paras, twisted and scared, blind, deaf, walkie talkies, and spazzos like herself With great affection that can only emerge from brutal honesty, Johnson shows real teenagers who know they are square pegs who will never fit into round holes They each have different strategies and dreams, though, few of their dreams are of the telethon variety.And to save us all from uneducated benevolencea must read for anyone interested in helping working with people with disabilitiesespecially camp counselors and directors, special education professionals, physical and occupational therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and fundraisers for charitable organizations.Let me know what you think My head has been full of this stuff since I was 13


  10. says:

    This book is a good description of how it feels to have a disability, espeically cerebal palsy and mental retardation..The book is about a gropu of disabled group of teens who are at Camp Courage for ten days Jean and Sara feel welcomed to a place where they fit in, and the camp gives them a new perspective on what it is like to be normal or disabled They call themselves crips or crippled , and other nicknames I would not purchase this for my school, even if I was a high school librarian I would keep this book at the public library level, and let parents choose if they allow their child to take the book out I do not object to the reading about a disabled student, and learning about their perspective I do object that there is one part of the book where the author describes the camp counselors teasing the disabled students The camp counselors were being mean by teasing the disabled teens sexually There is a good size descripton of this teasing, which I feel is not appropriate for the high school level library.


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