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VIP is a partnership of individuals with disabilities, their families, and friends working to ensure that opportunities for a full life are available to all.

Christmas Decorations

Virginia's Drama Club

Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm

MV Playhouse, Church Street, Vineyard Haven

all are welcome, no experience necessary

Art Session

Sunday, February 4

from 2:00-4:00

Chilmark Arts Kitchen

19 State Rd. Chilmark

Bowling, Saturday, February 10

at 11:30 in Oak Bluffs.

Followed by lunch, paid for by

VIP thanks to some very

generous donors!

See events page for details. 

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Reviewed on npr.org by Martha Anne Toll

All the Little Bird-Hearts by Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow

From the review: "The story is narrated by an autistic woman named Sunday... The author, a British writer. is herself autistic...The opportunity to inhabit Sunday's mind makes this book special. We experience the effort Sunday puts in to decipher social interactions, even the simplest...Sunday's authenticity rings loud and clear; she triumphs in the end...In visiting her world, we readers expand ours."

Recommended by Jo Ann

The movie "Spellers" which was inspired by the book UnderestimatedThe movie tells the stories of eight spellers--nonspeakers with autism who communicate through spelling.

One message from the book and the movie is "Presume Competence".

Recommended Reading  by Allison

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the twenty-first century edited by Alice Wong, 2020

A varied and interesting collection of more than thirty essays. 

From one by A.H. Reaume:

"The story of disabled success has never been a story about one solitary disabled person overcoming limitations--despite the fact that's the narrative we so often read...We are often only as strong as our friends and family make us, only as strong as our community, only as strong as the resources and privileges we have...For disabled people to thrive, we need webs of help, support, understanding and care."

The book includes an extensive list for further reading. Available via Clams at your local library. 

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