This Brain Had a Mouth
Lucy Gwin and the Voice of Disability Nation
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
In this engrossing biography, James M. Odato provides an intimate portrait of Gwin, detailing how she forged her own path into activism. After an automobile accident left her with a brain injury, Gwin became a tireless advocate for the equal rights of people she termed "dislabled." More than just a publisher, she fought against corruption in the rehabilitation industry, organized for the group Not Dead Yet, and much more. With Gwin's story at the center, Odato introduces readers to other key disability rights activists and organizations, and supplies context on current contentious topics such as physician-assisted suicide. Gwin's impact on disability rights was monumental, and it is time her story is widely known.
"The story of Lucy Gwin and Mouth magazine is almost entirely unexamined. This biography provides valuable insight into the personality behind one of the most influential disability rights publications. A genuine page-turner, it will be an important addition to the history of the disability rights movement."—Fred Pelka, author of What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement