This issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is a reminder, if one is needed, that actions, words, and ideas matter. They matter as we remember the past; they matter as we consider our present; and they matter as we imagine and boldly shape our futures.

We are fortunate to begin this issue with articles that consider the opportunities for disability justice and self-definition in the moments created by world disrupters. This section begins with an essay by David Gerber, recipient of the Society for Disability Studies Senior Scholar Award, and moves to rethink autism and Japanese mythology.

In our second section, our contributors consider the il(legibility) of disability and the self (or, perhaps, disability in or of the self) in individual lives, relationships, cultural productions, and the larger world.

Finally, in our third section, our contributors analyze the staging of disability in a variety of contexts, including the memorialization of Maryland's Hospital for the Negro Insane and productions of Thousand Hands Bodhisattva, and by so doing illustrate the great importance given to how, why, and by whom disability is staged.

As usual, these clusters of articles are perhaps best consumed by blurring the boundaries between them. No walls should be built. We encourage readers to begin with the borderlines we've created, and then to draw and redraw their own organizational boundaries, connecting ideas and analyses in ways constructive for one's own scholarship, life, and activism.

We are also pleased to include an audio recording of Stephanie Heit reading her poem, which readers can access at


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