Composing the acknowledgments— the opening note of gratitude and
debt— is the time when promises of anonymity become a lamentable bind for
anyone writing a book. It is the moment when it fi nally hits home that ensur-
ing that individuals can’t be identifi ed means not being able to thank them in
print. Th at we can’t name names is particularly painful in this case, because
our greatest debt is to the many women and men with disabilities who spoke
to us during this study, and who permitted Don access to intimate details
about their lives when he lived with them in group homes.
Since we can’t thank those people by name, we off er them this study,
in the hope that they may recognize how much they have taught us about
engagement and social justice, and also in the hope that their experiences,
documented in a book like this, might play a galvanizing role in generating
awareness of and support for the crucial work being done in Denmark, and
also in inciting reform in Sweden and perhaps in other places in the world,
too, where adults with disabilities, when it comes to sexuality, are still treated
and disciplined as though they were children.
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