A World Without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference
Victoria Freeman was only four when her parents followed medical advice and sent her sister away to a distant, overcrowded institution. Martha was not yet two, but in 1960s Ontario there was little community acceptance or support for raising children with intellectual disabilities at home. In this frank and moving memoir, Victoria describes growing up in a world that excluded and dehumanized her sister, and how society's insistence that only a "normal" life was worth living affected her sister, her family, and herself, until changing attitudes to disability and difference offered both sisters new possibilities for healing and self-discovery.
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About the Author
Victoria Freeman is a writer, theatre artist, educator, and public historian. She is the co-creator, with Sol Express, of Birds Make Me Think About Freedom, a play about the experiences of peoples institutionalized for intellectual disability, and author of Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America. She teaches in the Canadian Studies Program at Glendon College, York University, in Toronto.