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  • Claire Bible is a writer, college student and self-advocate with Down syndrome living in Madison, Wisconsin. In July 2013, I interviewed Claire about her life experiences and reflections on advocating for herself and others with disabilities. After high school, Claire attended the Threshold program, an independent living program for people with disabilities at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this excerpt, she describes her decision not to attend Threshold’s “trans” program, which was designed to help students find work that Claire did not find meaningful.

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    This is an excerpt from a life history interview I conducted for my thesis in the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University, in which Claire Bible shared with me her life experiences and reflected on her role as an advocate for herself and others with disabilities. The full interviews were conducted on July 22 and 24, 2013, at Claire’s home in Madison, Wisconsin and will be submitted to the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley, for inclusion in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement archive. I will also submit a methodological paper providing context for and analysis of my process conducting and sharing life history interviews with self-advocates with Down syndrome to the Academic Commons at Columbia University. If you would like to know more about my process, please contact me here. With gratitude to the National Down Syndrome Society for their early support for this project.
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