The Theatrical Landscape of Disability
On Wednesday, July 9, 2002, from a bridge above the Feather River outside Paradise, California, a 92-year-old man jumped to his death (Glionna 2002). The reason Coval Russell gave for his suicide was that he "would rather die than go into a nursing home." Many in the disability community will read this event as a moral parable about the terrors institutional life holds for disabled and elderly Americans and the pressing need for better in-home care. Russell's action will be read as an act of heroism by many others. Refusing to live a life of dependency, Russell asserted his humanity and his self-hood, making a daring escape from a life not worth living.
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