Writer June Capossela Kempf published in Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts
March 22, 2017 – The work of writer June Capossela Kempf of Saint James, New York, has been published in the current issue ofKaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts. Her personal essay, “Jay’s Pawfect Pal,” appears in issue number 74: The Evolution of Inclusion. Her work was selected from among more than 350 submissions considered for publication.
Kempf is a writer whose articles have appeared in a variety of news outlets including Huntington Review (May 2015) and Newsday (September 2015). Her memoir titled Yo God! Jay’s Story, based on her son’s life and his relationship with his service dog, was published in June, 2014 by Keith Publishers. Kempf won a second place award from Angel Animal Network for a longer version of the essay that appears here. Jay passed away in 1996. Kempf shares, “…despite the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am still shocked to discover the misunderstanding, mistreatment and the public mockery of our disabled community today….”
The award-winning Kaleidoscope magazine is published by United Disability Services in Akron, Ohio. A pioneer in the publication of disability literature and fine arts, the magazine expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The material chosen for Kaleidoscope challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing and sentimental attitudes about disability. The publication is now available at no cost online by visiting www.KaleidoscopeOnline.org.
United Disability Services has been meeting the social, vocational, community living, low vision, recreational, educational and transportation needs of people with disabilities for nearly 70 years. For more information visit www.udsakron.org.