The article is a first reconstruction of the experience and work of Rosanna Benzi, founder and director of the review «gli altri». Struck in 1962, at the age of fourteen, by a severe form of polio, which caused a motor and respiratory paralysis, from the onset of illness until death, Rosanna Benzi lived in an iron lung at the San Martino Hospital in Genoa. A special predisposition to understand, combined with cultural ferment and the meeting with a “human medicine” allowed her a life of relationships and commitment, dedicated to the fight against architectural and mental barriers. The review she directed has been the site of innovative processing in the field of emancipation and the first, at least in Italy, to recognize and assume the task of criticism of all forms of marginalization.