The Paralympics is featuring lots of intriguing and enlightening back stories about these diverse and talent athletes competing there. But few profiles will be quite at entertaining to Maysoon Zayid’s own life with disability in the “Oppression Olympics”…

  • If there was an Oppression Olympics, I would win the gold medal. I’m Palestinian, Muslim, I’m female, I’m disabled, and I live in New Jersey.”
  • “And I don’t want anyone in this room to feel bad for me, because at some point in your life, you have dreamt of being disabled. Come on a journey with me. It’s Christmas Eve, you’re at the mall, you’re driving around in circles looking for parking, and what do you see? Sixteen empty handicapped spaces.”