institutionalizing the disabled

Susan Nussbaum, Author of Good Kings, Bad KingsDisability rights activist Susan Nussbaum says suicide among the disabled is too often the plot device of choice in literature, TV, and film. In 2008 Utne Reader honored Susan as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" for her work with girls with disabilities.

Susan's first novel, Good Kings, Bad Kings paints a complex and vibrant picture of what life is really like for institutionalized young disabled people and their caregivers, lovers, families, and friends. Barbara Kingsolver calls Good Kings, Bad Kings "a stunning accomplishment" and "fiction at its best."

To begin gaining a more realistic understanding of the lives of the disabled, tune in to this rebroadcast episode of The Studio with Cheryl and Susan this week.