The Fight for Life, Love, Inclusion, and Fair & Equal Access with Dr. Brooke Ellison, PhD [Episode 108]
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Dr. Brooke Ellison, PhD visits the Intentional Clinician Podcast to talk about her new book Look Both Ways, as well as her life, how 30+ years living with quadriplegia has shaped her views on many subjects, a society of exclusion and working for inclusion, family members and friends who care for those with disabilities, human rights and value, structural functionalist models, the infantilization of people living with disabilities, trauma, the gift of sensitivity, love, and science.
Paul Krauss MA LPC and Dr. Brooke Ellison, PhD have an honest and authentic conversation about how her struggles can inspire others to get involved in making a real difference in the lives of others and the larger community.
At age 11, Brooke Ellison was hit by a car, an accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down and ventilator-dependent. Ten years later, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in cognitive neuroscience. At 23, she penned Miracles Happen, a memoir that was adapted into a movie, The Brooke Ellison Story, directed by Christopher Reeve. Brooke went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a PhD in sociology from Stony Brook University. Today, at 42, she is a tenured professor at Stony Brook.
In her newest memoir-cum-sociological-analysis, Look Both Ways, Brooke returns to the story of her remarkable life, centering herself in a broader conversation about personal struggle, public policy, and what it means to be human. She reflects upon 31 years as a woman with ventilator-dependent quadriplegia. She writes frankly about her day-to-day frustrations but also lyrically about her belief that people possess the strength and grit to “fight back when we feel all is lost.”
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