Carrie Dearborn is a writer, comedian, and advocate on disability issues. A former computer operator specialist and downhill ski instructor, Dearborn was 27 in 1981 when she had a stroke resulting from an Arterial Venus Malformation. One of the first AVM stroke survivors, she was kept alive by machines for one month, and spent seven months voiceless. She lived in the Boston Center for Independent Living Transitional Housing, and now lives in the community and uses a power wheelchair. Dearborn has had gigs doing "sit-down comedy" at neighborhood, heath care, disability, and gay and lesbian groups.
Dearborn is an advocate for people with disabilities on issues ranging from transportation access to health care issues. She has served on the board of the Boston Center for Independent Living, and was an advisor for many MBTA projects. In 1991, as part of the Disability Rights Movement, she joined 50 other wheelchair users at a 9-day 'lie-in" at the Massachusetts State House, after the governor tried to slashed funding for personal care attendants. The funding was restored.
Her articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in Sojourner: The Women's Forum; Equal Times; The New England Women’s Yellow Pages; Gay Community News; Lambda Book Report; Jamaica Plain Gazette; This Brain Has a Mouth; Disability Rag; as well as the Farrar, Straus and Giroux anthology, Whatever It Takes: Women on Women's Sport.
She has a degree from New England College in Henniker, NH and lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with her caregiver of 26 years. She is a member of the National Writers Union.
Quiet in the Tornado: A Disability Primer
by Carrie Dearborn
"Carrie Dearborn's no-holds-barred approach to talking about disability
wrestles us to the ground from her wheelchair. Surprising, disarming,
painful, funny - you'll go through every emotion and reach new understanding as you let go of pre-conceived notions about how to deal with disability, whether you are temporarily abled or not. -Meizhu Lui, Co-Author, The Color of Wealth
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