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7 Awesome Roles Played by an Actor with a Disability

7 Awesome Roles Played by an Actor with a Disability

It’s no secret producers and casting agents remain hesitant to hire real disabled actors. They could have a dozen roles portraying someone with a disability to fill, and they’d still find an excuse to hire nondisabled actors. Are they nervous around people with disabilities, or do they think we’re not good enough? Of course, it […]

Photographer Christopher Voelker Wins Hope Award

Photographer Christopher Voelker Wins Hope Award

Acclaimed entertainment photographer Christopher Voelker has been awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Hope Award for his work behind the lens in revealing the human side of those living with a disability — and uplifting the entire disability community in the process. The honor was sprung on Voelker at a December reception in Los Angeles […]

Five Most Positive Portrayals of Disability in the Media

Five Most Positive Portrayals of Disability in the Media

From a character who’s “just like everyone else” to one who models the acceptance arc of coping with a disability, here are my picks for the five most positive portrayals of disability in the media. “Lieutenant Dan” in Forrest Gump Forrest Gump is a classic everyone loves, and Lieutenant Dan is one of the most […]

Frank Barham jams on the chromatic harmonica at The Velvet Note, an Atlanta venue that bills itself as “designed by musicians for musicians.”

Frank Barham: Saved by Jazz

From all accounts, Memphis-born Frank Barham should be dead. The accomplished actor, dancer and jazz musician survived the terrible automobile accident and spinal cord injury that changed his life in an instant at the age of 25. That was more than 30 years ago. Funny how things work out. At the time of the accident […]

People in the News: Jocelyn Woods

Vermont artist and model Jocelyn Woods is planning to begin production of “Ecstasy of a Cripple Part II,” another collaboration with Atlanta photographer/artist Thomas Dodd. Woods wants to take her erotic art to another level. “Now that we’ve broken through the barrier, I think we’re going to take it a little bit more over the […]

Art Wanted: Re-Imagining of Wheelchairs

Art Wanted: Re-Imagining of Wheelchairs

For the artists of the world itching to work on a wheelchair project that may get noticed by big names in the art world, a juried gallery show at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, CA may be just the opportunity you were looking for, or at the very least, a cool opportunity to showcase […]

5 Amazing Wheelchair Sculptures

5 Amazing Wheelchair Sculptures

Go to your local art museum; chances are you’re not going to see a sculpture of someone in a wheelchair. You have to travel far and wide – to a subway in NYC, to the FDR monument in Washington DC. A wheelchair sculpture isn’t just going to turn up at your local art gallery. And […]

SCI Life February 2013

SCI Life February 2013

Hints of Frida Kahlo exude from Reveca Torres, a fashion designer turned nonprofit founder. Torres, 31, is an artistic soul who thrives on experiencing new things, including traveling. It was while traveling …

Wheelchair rap song and more video finds

Wheelchair rap song and more video finds

Part of my job is to scour the Internet for information that piques the interest of wheelchair-users. One of the best ways to do this is? Going on YouTube every couple of days and seeing what’s new (thousands of videos are uploaded daily to the site) of course. And it’s popularity is a great thing […]

Photo by Christopher Michel

The Magic of Burning Man

This trip of a lifetime began inauspiciously, as many of my trips do. I had never been to Burning Man and had no idea that my partner and I were in the lottery to get tickets (the event has become so popular that a lottery system was created to distribute tickets). Turns out that we […]