The Future is Disabled

The Future is Disabled is a book by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

The book cover for The Future is Disabled is a multi-coloured background of blues, red and oranges with the white rays of sunlight casting across the cover from top-left down. A white sundial featuring stick people instead of dashes is in the centre of the cover with one stick figure in the middle casting a long shadow.

In The Future Is Disabled, Leah Laksmi Piepzna-Samarasinha asks some provocative questions: What if, in the near future, the majority of people will be disabled - and what if that's not a bad thing? And what if disability justice and disabled wisdom are crucial to creating a future in which it's possible to survive fascism, climate change, and pandemics and to bring about liberation?

Building on the work of their game-changing book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Piepzna-Samarasinha writes about disability justice at the end of the world, documenting the many ways disabled people kept and are keeping each other - and the rest of the world - alive during Trump, fascism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Other subjects include crip interdependence, care and mutual aid in real life, disabled community building, and disabled art practice as survival and joy.

Written over the course of two years of disabled isolation during the pandemic, this is a book of love letters to other disabled QTBIPOC (and those concerned about disability justice, the care crisis, and surviving the apocalypse); honour songs for kin who are gone; recipes for survival; questions and real talk about care, organizing, disabled families, and kin networks and communities; and wild brown disabled femme joy in the face of death. With passion and power, The Future Is Disabled remembers our dead and insists on our future. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha  is a queer, disabled, non-binary femme writer, educator and disability/transformative justice worker. They have written or co-edited nine books, including Care Work and Tonguebreaker. 

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