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Three Iconic Voices

Three Iconic Voices

Some of the best writers of a generation on Revenge, Identity and Putting Your Body on the Line.

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Jason DaSilva: When I Walk, AXS Map

Multiple sclerosis is a bitchy disease, something filmmaker Jason DaSilva and I both understand intimately. It hits like a tsunami, makes a devastating mess, takes what it wants and doesn’t usually give anything good in return. In my own experience, it feels like I am slowly being whittled down. A little off my eyes, my […]

"Plain Jane" Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

“Plain Jane” Shocumentary Torrid, Mind-Opening

When one of the first scenes of Jane Hash’s documentary, Plain Jane, begins, you know you’re in for wild ride. She shows all the crazy places she used to hide as a kid — a washing machine, in the kitchen sink, under furniture — and then she interviews her mother, who pulls no punches when […]

Jason Becker: In Rare Company

Jason Becker: In Rare Company

Jason Becker was a world-class guitar player when ALS struck. 25 years later, he’s still making music.

Chuck Close Snaps 20 Megastars for Vanity Fair

Chuck Close Snaps 20 Megastars for Vanity Fair

The editors at Vanity Fair made a brilliant decision when they chose Chuck Close as the lead photographer for the 20th anniversary of the mag’s “Hollywood Issue.” For the 20th anniversary of the issue that celebrates the biggest celebrities and their successes of the year, the editors want realism to be at the forefront. No […]

First Wheelchair User Model at New York Fashion Week

First Wheelchair User Model at New York Fashion Week

Break out the champagne and caviar, folks, a miracle has occurred — a wheelchair user model has graced the runway during New York Fashion Week. The model we have to thank is Ms. Wheelchair New York 2012 Danielle Sheypuk, a clinical psychologist specializing in the dating and sexuality of people with disabilities. She’s been using […]

Broadway to be More Accommodating

Broadway to be More Accommodating

Good news for Broadway lovers: some theaters are going to be more accessible. The feds have brokered an agreement with the powerful Nederlander Organization to improve access at nine of its Broadway theaters after finding numerous ADA violations. It took years of negotiation, but the company has agreed to add wheelchair seating locations; provide more […]

Broadway to get Much Needed Accessibility Upgrade

Broadway to get Much Needed Accessibility Upgrade

Broadway’s about to get a much needed accessibility upgrade after a settlement was reached in January between the historic Nederlander theater chain and the U.S. Department of Justice. “Today’s resolution marks the culmination of years of work to ensure that one of New York City’s leading cultural and entertainment treasures — Broadway theater — is […]

Disabled Fashionista Jillian Mercado's New Gig

Disabled Fashionista Jillian Mercado’s New Gig

Born to a mother who loved fashion and was an accomplished seamstress, Jillian Mercado, 26, the voice behind the fashion blog Manufactured 1987, almost had no choice but to love fashion. And it’s a good thing she does, since her disability, muscular dystrophy, makes her one of the most interesting fashion bloggers alive. Jillian is […]

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

Artist Chuck Close Wheelchair Bound? Cut Him Loose!

New York Times’ Linda Yablonsky recently wrote this about the artist Chuck Close: “Close, who is 73, has been bound to a motorized wheelchair since 1988, when a spinal artery collapse caused near-total paralysis. That didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for either making art or collecting it, and other things as well …” Wheelchair bound since […]