In this article, I pay particular attention to four concerns that have come to the fore in startling ways for people worldwide during the pandemic. These include building empathy and community through the struggle to manage the fear of death, acceptance of disappointment and frustration, recognition the importance of being in tune with one’s body, and living with chronic grief. Drawing on stories from my life as a teacher and as a person with a disability, I hope to provide readers with both a way to reflect on the ongoing existential and practical concerns raised by the pandemic, and to argue that now as much as ever, the voices and experiences of those living with disabilities matter.
Rogers-Shaw, C. (2022). Disabled Lives & Pandemic Lives: Stories of Human Precarity. Occasional Paper Series, 2022 (47). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2022/iss47/2