he Sundance Channel’s reality series, “Push Girls,” has been picked up for a second season starting in 2013. Tari Hartman Squire, CEO of EIN SOF Communications, says the show’s renewal signals a new era of disability power and pride because it’s the first series conceived by people with disabilities. “It’s quite an accomplishment and a milestone of disability media portrayals because it’s authentic and real,” she says.
Hartman Squire says the show is important because it breaks down stereotypes of people with disabilities being asexual and not having control of their lives. She cites an example from early in the series when Angela Rockwood is told by a photographer that he can shoot around her wheelchair. Rockwood informs him it’s important to her that the wheelchair is included. “Those kind of choices the women make are really important for nondisabled people to see,” says Hartman Squire.