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History Professor Catherine Kudlick serves as the director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. Blind at birth, Kudlick has focused her career on shifting how people think about the disability community.
“Our main goal is to get people to think differently about disability,” Kudlick says, “to turn it into this source of ingenuity, excitement (and) engagement, and to walk away from all those stories about overcoming adversity or pity or any of them, and to say, ‘Look, we’re here, let’s enjoy it and let’s learn from everything.’”
Photo: courtesy of Disability Studies Quarterly