Martha Freeman (1958-2002)
“Who Speaks? Who Tells? Who Listens?” Parts 1, 2, and 3, posts for the blog Active History, May 8, 2020; May 15, 2020; and May 22, 2020 , on the issue of voice and disability. Part 1 focuses on the process of writing A World without Martha; Part 2 discusses the research and co-creation of Birds Make Me Think About Freedom; and Part 3 is an excerpt from A World without Martha.
A World without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference, launched October 2019 from UBC Press. My book-length memoir chronicling more than five decades of policy and social responses to developmental disabilities through an intimate portrait of the impact of my sister’s institutionalization on my sister, my family, and me.
Birds Make Me Think About Freedom, a multidisciplinary performance work about the institutionalization and de-institutionalization of people labelled with intellectual disabilities, co-created with L’Arche Toronto Sol Express. Premiered at Toronto Fringe Festival, July 6 to 15, 2018. Project Co-Lead, with Cheryl Zinyk. Lead Artist. Patron’s Pick Award. Remount: March 19, 2019
“Birds Make Me Think About Freedom,” a presentation with Cheryl Zinyk, Nicholas Herd, and Melissa Marshall at the Emergence Symposium, Toronto Arts Foundation, November 20, 2018.
Listen to My Story: A Workshop for People Supporting Institutional Survivors, panelist, October 26, 2018, Ryerson University. Organized by Madeline Burghardt. Funded by Investing in Justice.
Listen to My Story: A Workshop for People Supporting Institutional Survivors, L’Arche Toronto, May 11, 2018. Panelist. Organized by Madeline Burghardt. Funded by Investing in Justice, the Institutional Survivors’ Strategic Investment Fund, and by l’Arche Toronto.
“Martha Matters: Surviving My Sister’s Institutionalization,” my section of a joint article called “ Unheard Voices: Siblings Share About Institutionalization,” with Marilyn Dolmage, Colleen Orrick, and Madeline Burghardt, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies special issue on Institutional Survivorship, Spring 2017.
“Martha Matters: Surviving My Sister’s Institutionalization,” Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference, Calgary, May 28, 2016.
Panelist, “Narratives of Separation: Siblings Share About Institutionalization,” Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference, Ottawa, June 2, 2015.